June 2022: Turner's Vision

May 25 2022

With our British version of a summer fast approaching it's time to start thinking about the sun and possible holidays ahead.

When packing for holidays or days out in the sun, one of the first things you think about taking is sunscreen. We all know now how harmful the sun's UV rays can be and how they can negatively impact us. We spend time researching the best sun creams for our children and ourselves. What volume of SPF to wear? 20? 30? 50+? Cream or Spray? Waterproof or non sticky?

People put so much effort into protecting their skin from UV - but I wonder how much thought goes into protecting their eyes?

The effects of UV light damage can be life-changing
Although much of the UV light we are exposed to is absorbed by the eyes without any damage, overexposure to UV can build up over years and have a damaging effect on eyes and eyesight. Possible long-term issues can include cataracts.

Cataracts are where the lens inside of the eye becomes cloudy in patches and can make your vision appear misty.

Luckily enough there is a simple step you can take to protect your eyes in the best possible way and that is by purchasing UV400 protective sunglasses, wearing proper eye protection and a hat to block the UV rays.

The science behind the sunglasses
Ultraviolet, or UV rays are electromagnetic radiation from the sun. While invisible to the naked eye, UV light penetrates the Earth’s atmosphere and reaches your eyes (and skin) as UVA and UVB waves.

Sunglasses labelled UV 400 provide almost 100% protection from those harmful ultraviolet light rays. The 400 element refers to them blocking wavelengths up to 400 nanometers - which includes the UV-A and UV-B rays.

Your sunglasses should:
● Block out 99 to 100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation
● Screen out 75 to 90% of visible light
● Be free of distortion and imperfection
● Allow proper colour recognition, particularly for drivers.

Lastly, don’t forget about protection for your children and teenagers, as they tend to spend more time in the sun.

Choosing your sunglasses
We have an array of sunglass frames including Ray-Ban with authentic Ray-Ban lenses (with or without prescription) and our other fantastic range of polarising sunglasses by Zeal Optics.

These stunning polarising lenses eliminate glare, such as when you see a wet road in bright sunshine or when the visor in your car just doesn’t seem low enough.

The Zeal range uses plant-based technology for superb optical clarity and visual comfort. Their frames come with discrete and comfy nose and side grips that activate as they respond to your body heat. No more sunglasses slipping down your nose on hot summer days just when you need to see clearly!

If you would like expert advice on sunglasses, Billie-Jo our Senior Dispensing Optician can help you. If you have any concerns about your vision, please book for an advanced eye exam with one of our specialist Opticians Ginny or Marta. All can be reached on 0117 965 4434 or 0117 9622 474.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Billie-Jo Britt is a Senior Dispensing Optician, and has enjoyed styling the eyes of her patients at Turners Opticians for over 10 years.