Fake designer sunglasses often provide no protection against dangerous UV rays and could mean putting yourself at risk of developing serious eye conditions, such as cataract and macular degeneration which can lead to sight loss. Children are particularly susceptible to UV rays and should have their eyes protected even in lower UV conditions.
You don’t need to buy expensive sunglasses to get the necessary protection. A budget pair of sunglasses from a reputable high street shop can offer as much UV protection as a designer brand. Your local optometry practice is also a great place to go if you need advice on the health of your eyes, and to find the perfect pair of fitted sunglasses.
To make sure you have the necessary protection for your eyes, purchase sunglasses that have the UV mark, either the British Standard (BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013), CE or UKCA mark.
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