WHY YOU SHOULD NOT BUY CHEAP SUNGLASSES
“Many of us are aware of the consequences that UV exposure can have on our skins, but very few of us know about its associated eye complications,” OPSM director of eyecare and community Peter Murphy.
As well as protecting our eyes from conditions such as cataracts, excess tissue growth condition pterygium and age-related macular degeneration, quality sunglasses with built-in UV protection can also prevent cancers around the eye, including eyelids and directly under the eye.
“When buying glasses, the majority of people tend to focus mainly on the frame itself: shape, colour, brand because that is what they will see while looking at the mirror,” Peter said.
But the mistake can be devastating, with the eye area — which most people neglect when applying sunscreen — being affected by a multitude of different cancers, according to the Cancer Council.
“Look for a pair that provides good coverage, as UV rays can still get through from all sides,” he said. “You’re after a pair that are specifically designed for UV eye protection and are rated UV400 or higher, as that means they’ll block 99.9 per cent of UV rays.
“Lenses should also be polarised, to help neutralise harmful glare. And watch out for false UV labels — not all UV sunglasses are created equal.”
As well as wearing sunglasses outdoors, you should have your eyes tested regularly to maintain good vision and general eye health, as most eye conditions can be treated if detected early, Peter warned.