These days stylish sunglasses are in vogue, but do you have any idea that we are risking our eyes by using such stylish glasses that offer little or no protection from harmful UV rays. A survey conducted for the College of Optometrists found that 63% teenagers and young adults often select sunglasses purely on the basis of price and style without considering safety or protection they offer. This rose to 80 % in the under-25 age group, as many were found keen to emulate the brands and style of goggles worn by movie stars or other celebrities in glossy magazines. The survey also highlighted on those who didn’t use glasses at all. It said one in every seven of the 1,500 surveyed did not wear sunglasses at all. Experts opine that wearing poor-quality sunglasses could harm eyes and increase the risk of cataracts that can cause eyesight loss in later life. Although all brands legally sold in shops in Britain have to meet basic standards, yet there is abundance of forged copies of classy and fashionable brands in the market that do not comply with the standards. Light-colored eyes are most vulnerable to sun damage if they fail to put on good-quality and standardized sunglasses that protect against ultraviolet rays. Experts say that although designer-label shades could cost well over £100 generally offer good lens quality, whereas the low-priced sunglasses from high street chain stores provide eye protection that was just as good. Experts recommend a simple quality test before buying any kind of goggles. Hold the sunglasses at arm’s length and tilt them slightly, focus on an object at a distance, move the sunglasses up and down and see whether there is any distortion. If there is distortion at the lens edges that means lens are of poor quality that can harm eyes. If the lenses are high quality, there should be no movement. Long-term impact on eyes can be avoided by wearing high quality and standardized glasses. Especially these days when the harm UV rays cause to our body and eyes is publicly known, it is therefore important to make sure that children wear sunglasses so that any long-term damage is minimized.
Posted on January 29, 2012