Every day we grab our purse, keys and phone before going about our day, but there’s one essential thing many of us will forget to put in our handbags… sunglasses!
Why every day?
Sunglasses need to become part of our everyday routine, not just something we remember in the summertime. We’ve all had days driving in winter where we find ourselves squinting into low sun. What’s more, 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate cloud, meaning that even on rainy, overcast days our eyes are still exposed to UV radiation. The only way we can really keep our eyes properly protected is by wearing sunglasses.
The dangers of UV exposure
Everyone is aware of how important it is to wear sun cream to protect yourself from the sun, but our eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV than our skin. Long-term exposure to UV has been linked to eye conditions including macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as damage to the sensitive skin that surrounds the eye.
A fashion statement
When buying sunglasses, it is essential you choose glasses that are CE-marked that will block out at least 95% of UV rays, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring! There’s a huge selection of sunglasses brands that provide proper protection against UV while looking great with whatever your outfit of the day.
Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care offer a huge variety of sunglasses in various styles, colours and designs, meaning you can find a pair to suit every look. Whether you need a prescription or not, Leightons will have something to suit you.
Sunglasses also come with a variety of lens choice; lenses not only change the look of the sunglasses, they are also designed to enhance your view in different ways. For example, polarised lenses significantly reduce glare to allow you to see into water, or you can also have gradient lenses, double gradient lenses, coloured lenses and more. Your local Leightons will be able to explain in greater detail about each of the different lenses and what would best suit you and your lifestyle.
It should come as second nature to us to grab our sunglasses before leaving the house – they keep us protected against UV whilst looking great. So if you feel you need a new pair of sunglasses pop by and look at the range. Or if you feel you need a new prescription, you can book an appointment with Leightons online or call 0800 40 20 20.