Raising awareness for eye protection on National Sunglasses Day

27 June 2018

With National Sunglasses Day celebrated on June 27, BBR Optometry wants to remind patients and members of the wider community about the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV) protective eyewear.

This commemorative day, brought to you by The Vision Council celebrates the importance of wearing sunglasses, not only to look good but also to protect your eyes against the harmful rays that carry serious risks to people’s eyesight.

Daniel Read, BBR Optometry’s practice manager, says: “This National Sunglasses Day provides a perfect opportunity to stress the importance of staying safe in the sunshine.

Research has shown that people still choose not to wear sunglasses or other UV protective eyewear. This carries serious vision risks because while UV radiation is often recognized as the culprit for sunburns and skin cancer, most people don’t realize the damaging impact the wavelengths inflict on their vision. 

“The sun’s unfiltered UV rays don’t just damage skin cells but can also harm unprotected eyes. Years of cumulative exposure can cause cancer of the eye or eyelid, and accelerate conditions like cataracts and age-regulated macular degeneration,” he added.

BBR Optometry stocks a wide range of sunglasses that are available with or without prescription from brands such as Bolle, Maui Jim, Serengeti and Rocco by Rodenstock.

Daniel adds: “Our Dispensing Opticians are experts in helping you find the right solution for you and are happy to give advice. 

“We first recommend starting with finding the right tint for you and, in Maui Jim and Serengeti, in particular, we offer two of the best manufacturers of sun lenses around. This means you can find the perfect frames to suit your lifestyle, whether they are for driving, sport or just for relaxing,” he added.

Why not come in and see our extensive range of sunglasses or find out more here.


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