UV Protection

Most people take precautions in the sun to protect their skin but many may not realise how harmful UV radiation is to the eyes. There are 3 types of UV radiation, we are mainly concerned with UV-A and UV-B as UV-C is absorbed by the ozone layer. The other problem is exposure to UV radiation in environments where we do not expect it such as sunbed use or strong ground reflection from snow, water and sand.

Short bursts of high intensity UV ration can cause acute anterior eye problems, welders will complain of “arc eye” after suffering a flash. This results in acute photokeratitis and photoconjunctivitis which is essentially sunburn to the very sensitive tissues of the eyes and lids. Symptoms of intense pain, redness and inflammation follow after a few hours. But it’s not just welders that are at risk of acute problems, snowblindess is an extreme form of photokeratitis, t sometimes occurs in skiers and climbers who experience extreme UV levels due to high altitude conditions and very strong ground reflection – fresh snow can reflect up to 80 per cent of incident UV radiation.

For the rest of us, chronic UV exposure is more of a problem. Complications such as pterigium, cataract and age related macular degeneration are all linked to prolonged UV exposure. Furthermore, melanoma is the most common malignant tumour of the eyeball itself and the lids are a very common location for basal cell carcinomas.

It’s not clear how much UV exposure will cause damage, so when you spend time outside wear a quality pair of sun glasses and a wide brimmed hat.

Good quality sunglasses should:

  • block out 99% to 100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation;
  • screen out 75% to 90% of visible light;
  • have lenses that are perfectly matched in colour and free of distortion and imperfection;
  • have lenses that are grey for proper colour recognition.

Finally, don’t forget protection for children and teenagers. They typically spend more time in the sun than adults.

At Jones & Murphy we have a wide range of high quality sunglasses from well known names that will not only give you the UV protection you need but also give you that great look for the summer! Why no pop in and try a few on.



Sources: American Optometric Association, World Health Organisation, RNIB

Ted Baker Sunglasses 2014

Just arrived!  Great styles, great price and most can be glazed with prescription lenses.


Whether you’re jetting off to Jamaica, strutting the streets of San Francisco or casting your rod into yonder pond, the Ted Sun collection has the perfect pair of shades to catch that summer sun. Hand crafted acetates in luxury finishes, folding sunglasses and leather wrapped aviators all congregate here.


New Ted Baker Frames Now In Stock

We are really excited to have just taken delivery of our new stock of fabulous Ted Baker frames from their 2012 collection.  With some retro metals and really funky plastics there is sure to be something that will take everyone fancy!  As exclusive stockists of Ted Baker Eyewear in Barry you won’t find these anywhere else, why not call in and try a few?

Established in 1988, Ted Baker London has grown from its humble roots as a shirt specialist in Glasgow to a global lifestyle brand renowned for its high quality, irreverent sense of humour and, above all, unswerving attention to detail. The Ted Baker Eyewear collection reflects the brand’s distinctive and unconventional approach to fashion, and appeals to style-conscious men and women who trust Ted to deliver something out of the ordinary.