UV Protection


You probably use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful, ultraviolet rays, but your eyes need protecting from the sun too.

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are part of the light spectrum reaching the earth from the sun. Some studies suggest these rays are a cause of increasingly poor eyesight as we age (macular degeneration).

Sun exposure can also cause other serious eye conditions, such as cataracts. One in five cases of cataracts may be caused by sun damage. Good UV protection for your eyes is important.

To find out more about cataracts read our article about long-term eye conditions.

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How to protect your eyes from the sun

Follow the advice below to protect your eyes from the sun and to help keep your eyes and vision healthy for as long as possible.

Choose your sunglasses wisely

Splashing out on expensive sunglasses won’t necessarily protect your eyes. Sunglasses labelled UV400 offer the best protection because they block out even the tiniest UV rays. Choose large lenses and a wraparound style to protect as much of your eyes as possible.

All of our sunglasses here at Andrew & Rogers come with UV protection. With a wide selection and choice from many designers such as, Oliver Peoples, Maui Jim, Oakley, Rayban and more. To view our catalogue click HERE

Wear UV blocking contact lenses

Even good quality sunglasses let in the sun around their rim. Contact lenses with UV blocking filters sit over the cornea and lens of your eyes to give them additional protection. For the best protection wear wraparound sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat too.

All ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses have UV blocking filters embedded into the lens to help protect your eyes from the transmission of the sun’s harmful rays.* To learn more about the range click HERE

Wear a hat

A wide-brimmed hat will provide added protection for your eyes. It will also help protect your face and chest from sun damage and prevent sunstroke.

Beware of reflected light

Light reflecting off  sand, snow or water intensifies sun exposure. Make a special effort to protect your eyes if you are on a beach, skiing, close to water or at a high altitude.

Take note of the time of day

The sun is at its strongest between 10am and 2pm. However, research has found that your eyes are most at risk from sun damage during mid-morning and late afternoon. Try to protect your eyes at all times throughout the day.

Whatever the weather

Most of us take precautions to protect our eyes on sunny days, but UV rays can damage our eyes on cloudy days too. It is therefore important to protect your eyes from UV exposure all the time.

ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses help to protect your eyes from the sun throughout the year, whatever the weather.

Take care of the kids

Most sun damage occurs in childhood. Remember to protect your children’s eyes with UV blocking wraparound sunglasses and a hat.

The sun’s harmful UV rays can be just as damaging to your eyes as they are to your skin. ACUVUE® is the only major contact lens brand that blocks more than 98% of the transmission of the sun’s UVB rays and 85% of its UVA rays as standard across its product range.*

Our 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® contact lenses offer the highest UV protection of any daily disposable contact lens. Or if you prefer a reusable contact lens, choose ACUVUE OASYS® or ACUVUE OASYS®for ASTIGMATISM.*


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