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Sunglasses are often seen as a must have summer accessory, but people fail to realise the importance of them all year round.

By wearing sunnies across every season, you will be protecting your eyes from irritants and eye diseases. While they do shield your eyes from UV light, they also offer good protection from wind, allergens and debris.

The sun’s rays are just as damaging in the winter so keeping a pair of shades to hand is a must to ensure your eyes are healthy.

The colder months can bring a greater risk of exposure as UV rays can sometimes intensify during winter.

Wearing a high-quality pair of sunglasses can help prevent sun-related eye diseases such as cataracts, which is the main cause of vision loss for people aged over 40.

Sunglasses aren’t just needed for the beach or the swimming pool.

Sunnies should also be used for everyday activities such as driving and running. Drivers should always keep a pair of shades to hand because a car’s windshield offers very little protection from UVA rays and glare. Gradient lenses and Polarized sunglasses are the two types of shades to consider when driving.

Gradient lenses: Tinted at the top of the lens to shield the eyes from high sunlight while maintaining comfortable vision through the lighter part of the lens.

Polarized sunglasses: Can minimise road glare and provide clarity in foggy or partly-cloudy conditions.

Exposure is greater when outside, so it’s vital to wear sunglasses during year-round outdoor leisure and activities and exercise.

Browse our range of the latest designer sunglasses to find the best all-year round shades now.

We’re giving customers 10 per cent off on all our designer shades throughout April, including brands such as Maui Jim, Ray-Ban and Tiffany.

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