By Martin Burns
Holidaymakers have been reminded of the need to take their sunglasses.
People going on holiday have been reminded of the importance of wearing proper glasses to protect their eyes against the sun.
In a blog post for the Daily Mirror, Dr Miriam Stoppard listed sunglasses as one of several health precautions to take over the holiday period.
She warned that not having protection against UV rays could cause eye damage and increase the risks of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
People were urged to buy glasses with 100 per cent UV ray protection, carrying the European CE mark or the British Standards Kitemark.
While sunglasses sold in UK shops are required by law to comply with certain standards, Dr Stoppard explained that cheap glasses in markets may not give the proper protection.
She also noted that other countries may not have the same standards as the UK.
Last week, commercialappeal.com warned against dark glasses without UV protection.
They can make pupils dilate, meaning more light enters the eye.
by Adrian Galbreth