WARNING: Protect your eyes against dangerous UV light
WITH summer on our doorstep, Optometry Australia said there isn't a better time than now to start protecting your eyes from Australia's strong and damaging UV rays.
"Our eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV than our skin and too much exposure to UV light increases the risk of various eye diseases and cancer with some 300 Australians diagnosed with eye cancer and conjunctival cancer annually," Optometry Australia's senior resident optometrist Luke Arundel said.
"Although Optometry Australia recommends that we should protect our eyes year-round from UV, during the warmer months we are outdoors more and due to this, our exposure levels are likely to be higher.
"The number one thing that we can do to protect our eyes against UV is to slip on some sunglasses, or solar UV protective lenses, and the second thing, is to ensure your sunnies comply with Australian standards."
A recent report by General Optical Pty Ltd stated around 56% of adult Australians wear sunglasses every weekend.
Sunglasses trends for this year include:
- Precious metals - gold, rose gold and silver adorn frames, arms and brow bars.
- Brow bridges and bars - one brow bar is not enough with sunglasses often now carrying two or more.
- Aviators - we fell in love with them in Top Gun and our love affair remains as strong as ever.
- Hardware - sunglass designs are echoing the aesthetic of old factories and industrial space made so popular in this global architectural trend.
- Geometric and unusual shapes - the mould has been broken on rounded and square shapes with sunglasses emerging in a variety of new and interesting silhouettes.
- Subtle colours - opaque pastels have become all the rage, ousting black and brown from their fashion top-spot.
- Mirrored lenses - join a throng of celebrities by selecting sunnies with reflective coloured lenses to make a strong fashion statement.