Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Beware of Fake Sunglasses

We have all walked down that street whether at home or on holiday and seen a stand of 'Chanel' and 'Dior' sunglasses. If you're like me and long for the brands but sadly don't have the wallet to match I'm sure you will have been tempted. You buy them knowing they are fakes of the designer versions but what many people don't know is the danger of wearing these sunglasses.

These fakes don't provide adequate UV protection or they may have none at all. Always look for the CE mark on sunglasses this shows that they comply with European standards. If your sunglasses have no UV protection you would be better off to go without sunglasses. In bright sunlight, your eyes will try to protect themselves from too much UV light getting in by shrinking the size of the pupils. But when you out on sunglasses they shade your eyes and your pupils dilate (open up). If your sunglasses have no UV protection the harmful UV light will be flooding in, putting you are risk of Photokeratitis (sunburn of the eye), Cataracts and Pterygium. I have decided to leave out the pictures but if your interested they are only a google search away.

Knockoffs are typically made from nickel and are usually plated over. This cheap plating deteriorates fast and can cause skin allergies and other problems. Along with UV protection quality sunglasses also have an anti-reflection coating which reduces eye strain.

Moral of the story - Health is more important than fashion and sometimes you do get what you pay for.


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