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UV Protection and Safety Eyewear

Eyes make up 0.27% of the body’s surface but can account for10% of all traumatic injuries, whether the more subtle but serious damage from ultraviolet light or direct impact injuries.


Ultraviolet (UV) rays are damaging to our eyes and skin. Over the last few years, there has been an increasing awareness of the harmful effects of UV light rays and its association with skin cancers. Our face and neck are usually most exposed to UV light and therefore most susceptible to UV damage.

The association of UV damage linked to the eyes and the skin around the eye region are:

  • Eyelid cancers (squamous or basal cell carcinomas, as well as melanomas)
  • Wrinkles-as the skin around the eye is particularly thin and delicate
  • Pterygia and pingueculae- thickening and/or yellowing of the white part of your eye, occasionally with redness)
  • Cataracts (clouding of your eye lens)
  • Macular damage and degeneration (impairment of your central fine vision and colour vision)
  • Photokeratitis (equivalent to sunburn of the front of the eye causing watery, sore and gritty eyes)
  • Degenerative changes to the cornea (the front window of your eye)

We associate UV damage to our body with exposure to sunlight. Yet a great amount of UV damage can occur even on cloudy days. The harmful UVA and UVB rays cannot be seen as they are of a short wavelength. We can get more than 40% UV exposure when we are not in full sunlight. Also, remember, UV can reflect off surfaces such as water and sand. The effect of UV damage is accumulative over time. Considering the present average life span of adults in UK is about 80 years, it is therefore worthwhile considering precautions at an early age as possible.


  • Sun hat-ideally wide-brimmed or a cap on sunny days
  • Protective eyewear-Full UV block (ask in practice about the latest technological E-SPF lenses, transitions range and polarized lenses with UV block)
  • Transition lenses are ideal for everday wear. The tint clears when you are indoors but provides 100% UV protection through the lenses outdoors and doubles up as sunglasses
  • Wraparound frames (UV rays can penetrate from the top or bottom gap of your glasses) provide better peripheral cover
  • Beware of purchasing cheap/fake designer sunglasses. Not all have a full UVA and UVB block. Tinted lenses dilate your pupils allowing more UV to penetrate your eyes. With no or minimal UV block, the glasses can be the cause of more damage to the eyes
  • Start early- it is possible to UV coat standard lenses at a minimal cost. Transition lenses for children and adults are available in most prescriptions

Our dispensing staff at Optitech can advice you on the best type of protective eyewear that is suitable for your face size and shape to minimize the risk of UV radiation to the eye region.


Several sports such as cricket, football, rugby and racquet sports carry the potential risks of serious eye injuries. The damage is usually caused by the balls and shuttlecocks travelling at very high speeds and impacting the relatively soft tissues of the eyes.

Some of the possible injuries are retinal detachments, blow-fractures, cataracts, black-eyes, iris damage, bleeds on the retina or the front of the eyes.

Safety goggles can protect the eye from many of these severe injuries and are recommended particularly for children and amateurs. Our staff at Optitech can discuss your individual visual requirements.

We are also providers of safety spectacles for occupations involving potential hazards.

Please contact us for further information.

Simply call the team at 28 Chase Side, Southgate on tel: 0208 886 7266,
or email
or request information below, or just pop in to see us.