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UV protection can prevent the onset of several visual conditions

You know that your skin needs protection from sun exposure, but did you know that it’s just as important to protect your eyes?

sunglassesRays from the sun are made up of different types of UV light – UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA and UVB are damaging to the eye in excessive levels.

There are a range of eye conditions that can develop as a result of too much sun exposure, some of which are more temporary than others. In the short-term, the eyes can become sunburnt, which is very painful and can cause vision to become blurred. This is known as photokeratitis and fortunately doesn’t last too long.

If your eyes are exposed to intense sunlight over an extended period of time, it becomes much more likely that you will develop particular conditions in later life. Cataracts and macular degeneration are examples of common conditions that we now know are associated with UV exposure.

This is why it’s so important to protect your eyes from harmful radiation. For the best protection, make sure you wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection whenever it’s sunny, not just when you’re on holiday. Our stock includes prescription as well as non-prescription lenses, so there is no need to compromise on visual clarity with your eyewear.

Today, sunglasses are more than just protective eyewear, they’re fashion accessories too. For that reason, you’ll find an impressive selection of sunglasses in practice at Fiona Jennings Optician, ranging from unbranded designs to established reputable designers like Maui Jim. Maui Jim offer fantastic lenses, giving clear, glare-free comfortable vision in both prescription and non-prescription lenses. Their polarised colour enhancing lenses need to be seen to be believed. Whatever your style, preference or budget, we’ll have the perfect pair for you!

Whilst you’re choosing your new eyewear, don’t forget to make sure your children’s eyes are protected too. Their eyes are even more vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV light, so make sure they wear sunglasses at this crucial time in their visual development.

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