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An eye surgeon is urging adults and children to ensure they sport their sunglasses to avoid eye damage such as cataracts and cornea damage as a result of exposure to UV rays.

Milind Pande consultant surgeon at Vision Surgery & Research Centre in Hull is a leading UK cataract specialist and last year he was President of the UK cataract society. Mr Pande said: “UV radiation can also increase the chance of developing cataracts, damage to the cornea and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness. In the UK, over 600,000 people suffer from AMD and cases of the disease are expected to increase by a quarter in the next 10 years.”

Today’s sunglasses come in a huge array of colours and tints. Although all glasses with plastic lenses offer some degree of protection against harmful ultra-violet rays, the colour and darkness don’t indicate the level of UV protection. Good sunglasses should block all the UVA and UVB so when buying them check they block 100 per cent of UVA and UVB.  Neutral grey or brown lenses are good as they have less effect on the way we see colours, some pink or blue tints can distort colours and are not recommended for driving.

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