The vital job that sunglasses perform is providing protection for your eyes against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. 

Without the protection that sunglasses offer, the sun’s rays could cause these effects:

• You could develop cataracts.  These are a clouding of the eye’s lens, leading to blurred vision.  It is estimated that 20% of cataracts are the result of UV rays. 
• You may endure macular degeneration.  This is damage to the retina destroying central vision.  In America macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness.
• You might suffer from the growth of pterygium.  This is a tissue growth over the white part of the eye that can affect and alter the curve of the eyeball, in some cases leading to astigmatism. 

These days, a pair of top quality sunglasses can block up to 99% of the harmful UV and UVB radiation, so it pays to shop around.  That way you can keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp, as well as looking cool! 

At Vision Centre Gloucester we have a fantastic range of sunglasses.  Call in to 114 Northgate Street or take a look round our website to see what we can offer you.