The one thing you should look for when buying a new pair of sunglasses

With temperatures heating up to 27 degrees already this April, we’re all reaching for our sunglasses to shield our eyes from the rays. But now new research has shown that your frames might not be offering the protection you think they are. 

We’re all tempted by inexpensive trendy sunglasses – pastel colours, heart shapes and more – from the high street, but now health experts claim that people are risking permanent damage to their eyesight and even blindness by wearing these sunglasses that offer little or no ultraviolet (UV) protection.  

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Almost half of all Brits would pick stylish frames when shopping for new sunglasses, according to new data from Optical Express – but the optical specialists at the brand explain that not many people tend to look out for the inclusion of the CE mark, which shows glasses have been made to appropriate standards

Stephen Hannan, clinical services director at Optical Express told the Daily Mail: ‘There can be serious health outcomes if protective eyewear is not taken precariously.   

He added: ‘The sun’s UV rays become stronger throughout spring and summer and long-term exposure can cause a variety of eye problems, such as photokeratitis or sunburn for the eyes, which can cause red eye, tearing, sensitivity to light and feeling like you have grit in your eyes.’

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Stephen said frames with little or no ultraviolet (UV) protection can also increase Brits risk of cataracts – a long-term condition where a cloud develops over the eye lens, causing blurred vision.

‘The macular pigment in our eyes is designed to filter UV light, to avoid damage to the sensitive cells of the fovea – a small pit located in the center of the macula which is responsible for clear central vision,’ he said.

‘This can cause impaired vision and even result in blindness in the long-term.’

To keep your eyes safe, make sure your sunnies have at least UV 400 protection and that all-important CE or British Standard, which indicates that they’re designed to keep your vision safe.

As Stephen concludes: ‘Sunglasses may be a great fashion accessory to team with your favourite outfit, but being sun-wise can help to avoid a variety of eye health problems.’