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The Importance of wearing sunglasses

Our expert Optometrist, Nish Dattani discusses the importance of wearing sunglasses this summer and all year round.


At this time of year, we are all rejoicing the return of the sun. With all that excitement we can forget the many risks of excess sunlight to our bodies. One area that people tend to focus on much less than the skin are the eyes. We all know that too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause sunburn and skin cancer, but not everyone is aware that UV can also cause damage to our eye health and vision.

Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to the development of eye conditions such as;

  • Cataracts – the clouding of the lens in the eye
  • Macular-Degeneration – an eye condition affecting the central part of the retina
  • Pinguecula and Pterygium – excess tissue growth on the eye
  • Photo-keratitis – the eye’s equivalent of sunburn

Sunglasses are more than a fashion item.

When outdoors, sunglasses provide a crucial shield from direct sunlight. They offer protection from UV rays and solar radiation causing harm to your eyes. Sunglasses reduce the likelihood of these eye conditions developing caused by sun damage. You may think that sunglasses are only necessary for bright, cloudless sunny days but in actual fact, the eyes need protection even on cloudy days. The sun’s damaging UV rays can penetrate through the cloud cover and still cause damage to your eyes. It is best to wear protection sunglasses throughout the Spring & Summer months.

Sun safety tips:

Beyond sunglasses, there are a few other things to keep in mind when protecting your eyes from the sun:

  • Wear a hat: If you’re going outside when it’s sunny, it’s a good idea to wear a broad-brimmed hat. This helps to provide shade to protect your eye’s from the sun.
  • Don’t look into the sun: Never look directly at the sun, even if it doesn’t seem to be causing harm to your eyes at the time. It can be tempting to look during a solar eclipse, for example, but it can cause permanent damage to your eye’s retina.
  • Clouds offer no protection: A cloudy day doesn’t mean there is no danger to your eyes. The sun’s UV rays can pass through haze and thin clouds.

So remember, alongside sun cream, a pair of sunglasses should be an essential accessory this Summer. Whether you are jetting off to that much-anticipated holiday or simply heading for a walk in the countryside, don’t forget your specs!



At Whitby & Co, we have a wide variety of designer sunglasses to choose from.  It can be tricky to try on glasses and be certain what suits you. That’s where our expert team come in – our opticians and optometrists are experienced at giving the right advice to help you find your perfect summer shades.

Visit us on Fleet Street to view our range of brands from Maui Jim to Tom Ford.


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