15 out of 21 pairs of sunglasses on British High Street fail key tests

High street sunglasses fail British standards 15 out of 21 pairs of sunglasses fail key tests…

The British consumer right group Which? tested 21 pairs of sunglasses from seven high street shops and found that 15 failed key lab tests, breaching the British Standard. 

According to Which? you might not expect a pair of £5 sunglasses to last forever, but you wouldn’t expect a supposed bargain to potentially worsen your eyesight, cause double vision or headaches.

Too dark for driving

The sunglasses on test were bought from George at Asda, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Poundland, Primark, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

All the sunglasses blocked UV rays, but a Poundland pair was mislabelled, leaving a wearer unaware that the lenses were too dark for safe driving.

Although two out of three Primark pairs passed the tests, the one that failed had the wrong prescription level which could make vision problems, such as astigmatism, worse.

Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2011/08/high-street-sunglasses-fail-british-standards——–262336/#ixzz1cPAHlFue
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