Summer is most definitely upon us here on the Costa del Sol and we sometimes forget how important it is to protect our eyes from the strong Spanish summer sun.
The Effect of Sun Damage can lead to various health problems and therefore Summer Eye Care is so important. To this end Specsavers Marbella have written this great article to help you check if your sunglasses are up to scratch…..
Why do I need to wear sunglasses?
It is very important to wear appropriate sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful ultra violet (UV) rays.
It is not only the direct sunlight you need to be wary of – that reflected from surfaces such as windows will also contain UV.
What damage can it do?
Excessive exposure to bright sunlight is not only uncomfortable for the eyes, but can lead to a painful inflammation of the cornea at the front of the eye. UV exposure has also been linked to cataracts, age related macular degeneration and to cancer of the sensitive skin around the eyes.
What glasses should I choose?
Check sunglasses comply with UNE-EN 1836:2006 + A1:2008 or bear the CE kite mark and are marked UV 400. This way you know they are up to standard and beware of budget sunglasses – many actually cause the pupil to dilate, increasing the amount of UV light filtering into the eyes.
If you wear prescription glasses, look into photochromic lenses that instantly adapt to light changes, darkening in bright light so your eyes are always protected. If you are looking for maximum comfort and protection by the pool, on the beach or participating in outdoor sports, polarised lenses can really help and there are even special lenses for driving.
Specsavers Opticas’ Wall of Sun features a wide range of styles, colours, sizes and shapes which all offer a high level of UV protection.