Are your sunglasses keeping your eyes safe while keeping you stylish?

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What glorious weather we’ve been having lately. It’s always unexpected when we have such a long run of sunshine in the UK; what we call a ‘heatwave’ is what other countries call ‘summer’!

It’s likely that the great weather has encouraged you to get outside to enjoy yourselves, whether that’s with a barbecue, a country walk or bike ride, or some sunbathing. Grab your shorts, sandals – leave the socks at home – and a hat and get exploring. But before you leave the house, there’s one more thing to remember: sun protection.

We’re not just talking about the sunscreen. No, being opticians, we are concerned about your eyes. A good pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. You see, the same UV rays that can damage your skin and even cause cancer can also damage your eyes. They can cause short term damage like sunburn to your eyes (we call it photokeratitis), and long term damage like cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancer around the eye.

At Eye Emporium, we know that as well as protecting your eyes, you want your sunglasses to look good. That’s why we stock an impressive range in all our practices, including popular designer brands, current and retro styles, and unbranded frames for the more low-key amongst you.

You might be interested to know that as well as selling prescription sunglasses (for those of you who already wear glasses), we also sell non-prescription sunglasses. Some people assume that any frames we stock are intended to have corrective lenses in them, but this isn’t the case. If you have 20/20 vision we can still help you to protect your eyes while looking great!

Actually, it’s highly recommended that you speak to a trusted optician when you’re looking to buy new sunglasses, whether you need vision correction or not. This is because, unfortunately, not all sunglasses are made equal. To correctly protect your eyes, you need a certain type of lens; one that blocks out up to 100% of UVA and UVB rays, and one that filters out between 75-90% of visible light.

Many high street stores stock fashionable frames, but the protection factor of the lenses isn’t always what you’d expect.

If you’re unsure whether your favourite sunglasses will properly protect your eyes, bring them in to our experts at Eye Emporium. We’ll check the lenses for you and let you know if they’re up to the required standard. If not, we can advise you on the most appropriate solution for you.

It is also worth noting that if you’re a keen sports person or you drive a lot, there are different lenses and tints that you can have applied to your lenses to stop glare and to sharpen your vision, for example, polarised lenses block glare and brown tinted lenses will make a golf ball really stand out against the green grass on a golf course.

For more information on sunglasses and lenses for prescription or non-prescription sunglasses, call our expert team at Eye Emporium on 0800 020 9202.