I couldn’t live without my sunglasses. My eyes are really light sensitive, so I like to wear them most of the time – plus, I’ve always found them to be a very convenient disguise. After all, you can hide a multitude of late nights and insecurities behind a good pair of sunglasses. But it’s not just all about looking good – sunglasses are more important than you might think. I’ve been chatting to the experts at Leightons about looking after your eyes this summer. What they told me is surprising:
Did you know that your eyes are ten times more sensitive to the sun’s UV rays than your skin?
We all know by now that too much sun isn’t good for your skin and the same is true for our eyes. Long term exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. It can also make the delicate skin around your eyes wrinkly – plus, it just feels more comfortable not squinting against the sun all day.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from these harmful rays
It’s important to choose sunglasses that have a CE mark and are UV400 protected– this information is usually printed on the arms or look out for a sticker. These lenses will block at least 95% of UV rays. Check your kid’s sunglasses – they are particularly susceptible to UV damage, so it’s really important that their sunglasses carry the CE mark too.
Wear your sunglasses even if it’s cloudy
Even on cloudy days, it’s worth popping on a pair of sunglasses. The sun’s UV rays can still reach your eyes and skin through the cloud, so you need to be careful if you’re going to be out all day. Reflective light is powerful too – the glare from a wet puddle or a window will bounce UV radiation back at you.
Useful and beautiful
Sunglasses can protect your eyes andstill be pretty. You’re going to be living in them all summer, so choose a design that makes you feel good, while still being comfortable and practical. I tend to avoid novelty sunglasses and always choose classic designs that’ll feel chic and barely-there. You don’t have to spend a fortune – most high street shops will stock sunglasses with the CE mark. If you need prescription or non-prescription sunglasses, visit an optician like Leightons who will be able to help you find the perfect style to suit your needs.
Hiding behind your sunglasses isn’t just chic, it’s clever!
This post is sponsored by Leightons. For more information about the power of great sunglasses, click here.