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How to Choose the Right Sunglasses This Summer

To us, choosing the right sunglasses means considering more than just style. Sunglasses are primarily designed to improve your visual experience, as well as protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging UV rays.

What can UV do to your eyes?

UVA and UVB rays produced by the sun can impact your vision in the short- and long-term. Photokeratitis is a common effect of short-term, intense exposure, causing painful inflammation of the front surface of your eye, known as the cornea. In the long-term, cumulative UV damage increases your risk of developing eye diseases like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

There is a simple solution to reduce your risk – wearing sunglasses!

Sunglasses for every occasion

There are sunglasses to suit every occasion, whether you’re heading out to see friends or playing sports outside. We’re proud to stock leading eyewear brands, from the glamorous Swarovski, to sports sunglasses from Oakley and Bollé – all go-to choices for anyone looking for high quality, stylish sunglasses that will provide 100% UV protection.

best prescription sunglasses

Did you know that sunglasses can also be made up to your prescription? This is great if you want to give your eyes a break from wearing contact lenses or have seasonal allergies. The best prescription sunglasses will act as a barrier to pollen, dust, or debris, so you can enjoy crisp, clear vision without compromising on comfort.

When it comes to sports sunglasses, the added benefit of wearing a style designed to improve your sporting performance also comes into play. Take Oakley’s prescription cycling sunglasses – worn by some of the biggest names in cycling, like Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Sunglasses collection

With polarised lens technology, glare can be significantly reduced or eliminated to alleviate eye strain and improve clarity, while Oakley’s unique Prizm™ lens enhances contrast and colours, so you don’t miss out on a single detail in your line of sight.

Bollé sunglasses

Both Oakley and Bollé sunglasses also come in a range of tints designed to improve your visual experience in different settings; yellow and orange tints are ideal for cycling, while brown tints can improve a golfer’s performance.

What about Transitions®?

Many of you have dealt with the daily hassle of swapping out your regular glasses for sunglasses, which can be inconvenient if you’re constantly moving from indoors to outdoors, and vice versa. If this is the case, photochromic lenses could be the perfect solution for you. These lenses work by darkening as light intensity increases to protect your eyes from UV radiation, and rapidly return to clear when you move indoors.

We are proud to offer photochromic technology from market leaders Transitions®. Their latest Signature® GEN 8™ lenses darken up to 30% faster and fade back to clear 3 minutes faster than previously, all whilst providing 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays and blocking against at least 20% of harmful blue light indoors.

Signature® GEN 8™ lenses

See for yourself

Why not pop in practice for advice on the best prescription sunglasses or non-prescription sunglasses, or to browse our collections? Get in touch with our friendly team to arrange a frame styling consultation with our expert dispensing opticians today.