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WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR SUNGLASSES

Our eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV than our skin.  Exposure to UV light from the sun can raise the risk of diseases such as cataract or growths on the eye, such as pterygium developing.

Sun risks

Each time you’re out in the sun without protection you are doing damage to your eyes. Your eyes can get sunburnt, so you should use UV protective sunglasses when outdoors.

Common effects from excessive UV exposure include:

  • Accelerated growth of cataracts
  • Pterygium, which is a fleshy tissue growth on the white part of the eye
  • Cancers around the eyelid margin or conjunctiva.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUNGLASSES

It’s important to ensure that your sunnies provide protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays.

The mandatory Australian standard specifies that sunglasses and fashion glasses must fall within one of five categories (from 0-4).

Categories 0 and 1 are classed as fashion spectacles, not sunglasses, and provide little to no protection against UV.

Categories 2 and 3 are recommended for everyday wearers as they provide medium and high protection against sun glare.

Category 4 sunglasses are special purpose lenses reserved for extreme glare scenarios such as skiing and mountain climbing.

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Price doesn’t equal quality!

You can find good protective sunglasses in the lower price ranges – you don’t have to pay top dollar.

As long as your sunnies meet the Australian standard and fit you comfortably, they are just as effective as more expensive options.

Have a glasses prescription?

Most sunglass lenses can be replaced with prescription ones, so you’ll still be able to see AND be protected from the sun’s rays and glare.

Are they polarised?

Considering  a pair of polarised sunglasses? These lenses have a coating that filters out horizontal light and cuts through glare that bounces off reflective surfaces such as water.

If you need more advice on sun safety and UV protection for your eyes, or are unsure of which sunglasses to choose, your optometrist can best advise you on the right pair for your needs.