Sun readers would have been pleased when their favorite tabloid went from six days a week to seven with a Sunday edition recently. The paper’s proprietors, News International, claimed The Sun on Sunday was not a replacement for the infamous News of the World following the fallout of the recent scandals surrounding the paper. News International realized there was a gap to be filled and the sales of the first edition of The Sun on Sunday were said to be over the three million mark.
The Sun, like other red-tops, is often criticized for the trivial nature of some of the stories it goes big on, but when there’s a story of national or international importance the newspaper’s journalists can do a job that is equally as good, if not better, than its more serious counterparts. The Sun newspaper enjoys a vast readership from both Brits at home, and those ex-pats abroad who like to keep up with today’s British news.
Sun readers picking up their favorite newspaper when holidaying or living abroad should make sure they are not squinting while reading by the pool. When the eyes squint in bright sunlight they are setting up a natural barrier against UV rays, which are extremely harmful. Sunglasses can sometimes be taken for granted and used for their looks rather than their efficiency. Holidaymakers are often seen sporting trendy sunglasses while they lounge about the pool reading books or newspapers. But the dangerous rays may still work their way through the lenses and the sunglasses should be at least UV400 rated to prevent disease caused by exposure to sunlight. Going without a good pair sun readers over a number of years could lead to a serious deterioration in the eyes and disease may result.
UV rays taken in directly by the eyes could lead to ailments like cataracts, eyelid skin cancer and macular degeneration. In the latter condition the cornea’s sensitivity starts to deteriorate. There are two types of UV rays to watch out for. Firstly there’s the UVA type which can reach the back of the eye, and secondly you have UVB rays, that can affect the front of the eye. Both sets of rays are hazardous and must be avoided where possible. For example UVB rays can seriously damage the cornea and lens which are situated at the front of the eye.
When out in the sun sunglasses must be worn. Pairs of sunglasses come in different UV ratings with the the best plan of action being to buy a pair that can effectively deal with both UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses come with several different types of lens coatings. Some automatically become tinted under UV ray exposure and some cut down the glare by reflecting the light off of the lens surface. The best way to be sure sunglasses can successfully block the harmful UVA and UVB rays is to get a pair with a UV coating. Most sunglasses makers provide these coatings which let light waves pass through the lenses, but stops the dangerous in their tracks.
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