19 December, 2016
We’re often asked what the difference is between a good quality pair of sunglasses and a cheapie. Fashion can play a part in price – but the most important aspects are the very real consequences to your eye health.
Our skin needs protection from the sun but our eyes are also vulnerable and need looking after. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet rays, especially UVB, can damage the eye’s surface and internal structures, contributing to the development of retinal damage, cataracts, macular degeneration or some cancers in the tissues around and within the eye.
EyeQ Optometrist (Nowra and Vincentia) Peter Rose, says “It’s important we all wear quality sunglasses and a hat when venturing outdoors into the sun, even for short periods. Many people don’t know that more UV reaches the back of the eye when the sun is low in the sky than in the middle of the day – so it’s a good idea to wear sunglasses earlier and even later in the day than you possibly would normally. Sun damage to the eyes is less noticeable but just as real as sunburn to the skin. The good news is that it can be easily prevented with the right pair of sunnies.”
Not all sunglasses offer the same critical protection from strong UV light – but how can you tell the difference between a good quality and a lesser quality pair? Here are some points to keep in mind when shopping for sunglasses:
So before heading into the sun, come and see your local EyeQ Optometrist. The team will guide you through our great range. You can walk out with a perfect pair with quality lenses that complement your face shape and at a price that suits your budget. Book your EyeQ appointment by clicking here. Protect your eyes and enjoy the summer!
Our contact lens provider Alcon is experiencing delays fulfilling orders due to a cyber-security incident involving their freight partner, Toll Group. These delays are across their entire network of optical retailers in Australia. We apologise for an inconvenience caused and encourage you to contact your local EyeQ practice for any urgent requirements.