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Sunny skies for little eyes
Why sunglasses need to be a priority for parents

21 february 2018

Press release

When packing all of the essentials for a day out in the sun, hats and sun cream are usually at the forefront of every parents’ mind. But, something that can often get forgotten are sunglasses. That’s why Specsavers is raising the importance of parents building their children’s sunnies collection this summer and protecting their eyes.
They may seem unnecessary and simply an accessory to some parents, but shades play a vital role in protecting children’s eye health over the summer months. And while there are often many designs to choose from, Specsavers is highlighting the importance of making sure the sunnies you buy have adequate protection.
We all know that it’s important to protect our skin from Ultraviolet (UV) rays and it’s exactly the same for our eyes.
Specsavers clinical spokesperson Dr Nigel Best says: ‘While many people understand the damage UV rays can cause to skin, fewer appreciate the damage they can cause to your eyes. Prolonged exposure of your eyes to UV has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and even some types of eye cancer.’
While sunglasses may seem an unwarranted spend - especially for children when the risk of breakage is high - cheap is not always cheerful when it comes to eye protection.
Dr Best adds: ‘Before you buy a pair of cheap sunnies make sure they provide adequate protection – not all do. Sunglasses don’t need to be expensive but they should always conform to agreed safety standards. Look out for a CE (European Community Standard), BSEN1836 (British Standard) or UV400 markings and aim for a pair that offer 80 per cent light reduction.’
It’s essential that children are wearing their sunglasses during all time spent outside and that includes play time at school. Even on cloudy days, our eyes can be exposed to UV radiation, so sunglasses should be as important as packing their lunch or homework. 
Your eyes can reveal a lot about your general health and so it’s really important for both children and adults to have regular eye tests – once every two years, or more often if recommended by your optometrist. To book your next appointment or discover the range of sunglasses on offer head to your nearest Specsavers store or visit www.specsavers.co.uk