Sunglasses Shop is proud to support eye charities in their work. We have worked with Fight for Sight for many years and continue to support them and other charities in the battle to end preventable loss of sight. Read more about Fight for Sight and our current other fundraising activities.
Fight for Sight
What They Do
Fight for Sight funds pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease. They are currently funding over 50 research projects conducted by teams attached to universities and hospitals across the UK. The majority of these research projects take place in the UK but some projects are carried out overseas.
Our current research programme covers a number of eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration, corneal disease, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, trachoma and cataract as well as the causes of childhood blindness. Fight for Sight also funds research into a large number of rare eye diseases.
It is estimated that there are 285 million people living with sight loss worldwide. For many of these people, a sight test and the right glasses will correct their vision. For the others affected by age related, diabetic and inherited eye diseases it is not so straightforward. Either medical treatment in the form of drugs or surgery is required or sadly, for an increasing number of people, no treatment currently exists. The need to develop new treatments is vital.
Fight for Sight has had many successes including:
• saving the sight of thousands of premature babies through understanding and controlling levels of oxygen delivery;
• restoring sight by establishing the UK corneal transplant service enabling over 52,000 corneal transplants to take place;
• providing funding for the research leading to the world’s first clinical trial for choroideremia;
• bringing hope to children with inherited eye disease by helping fund the team responsible for the world’s first gene therapy clinical trial; and
• identifying new genes responsible for keratoconus and Nance-Horan syndrome.
On April 1st, Sunglasses Shop’s very own Jess T ran the 13.1 miles along Bournemouth Bay in aid of the British Heart Foundation...
"I was really excited about the Bournemouth half marathon on the 1st of April. It was a beautiful route and for a good cause, The British Heart Foundation. It was a sunny day with a slight wind, so my running sunnies were much needed.
"My shades for the day were the Oakley Women Radar Edge, I have to say I am not really a fan of the style of running/sports sunglasses but I really liked the design of the Radar Edge and of course the colour. As well as being pleasing to the eye, they certainly lived up to the mark and I can now understand why so many runners choose to wear Oakley eyewear.
"I was unable to train with them so was hoping on the day they would not be uncomfortable, especially as I wanted to beat my last time of 2 hours 4 minutes and do sub 2 hours. As soon as I put them on I knew they were not going anywhere. They were incredibly comfortable and a very secure fit, this was down to the Unobtainium earsocks and nosepads which increase its grip the more you sweat. Designed to keep the pace the Radar Edge is made from stress-resistant O Matter which is seriously lightweight which makes it even more comfortable to wear. Not only does the frame tick all the boxes but the lenses boast optimised peripheral vision and side coverage of Polaric Ellipsoid lens geometry as well as UV protection that filters out 100% of UVA / UVB / UVC & harmful blue light.
"The only issue I had was that my lenses fogged up on a few occasions, next time round I would opt for the same frame but with interchangeable lenses and use vented lenses, which I am sure would eliminate the problem.
"The Radar Edge is great frame for running and I am sure it helped my performance as I beat my last time and did the race in 1 hour 56 minutes, which I am very pleased with. I continue to wear my Radar Edge when I go for a run and plan to wear them again for my next half marathon.
Other Events You'll Find Us At This Year...
June 10th - Southend Half-Marathon, Havens Hospice
September 23rd - New Forest Half-Marathon (for local and national beneficiaries)
October 7th - Royal Parks Half-Marathon, Fight for Sight