A Haverhill optician has issued a stark warning over the dangers of fake sunglasses, many of which offer little or no protection to the eyes.
Joanna Williams, senior optometrist at Wardale Williams in Camps Road, says people are putting their eyes at risk to a wide range of serious eye complaints by using fake sunglasses.
“The packaging and design of these sunglasses are becoming more and more sophisticated, which can be misleading,” she said.
“It is highly likely that many of these glasses offer little or no protection against UV leaving your eyes exposed to the risk of a range of eye complaints, including cancer.” Mrs Williams said that while the price of fake sunglasses may be attractive the harm they can cause was not.
“The best advice is always to consult with your optician to ensure the sunglasses provide the protection you need,” said Mrs Williams.
“A very important point to know is that sunglasses that allow UV into the eye can actually be more harmful than not wearing them at all.
“This is because the dark lens will mean your pupil will be larger and allow more UV into the eye.”