Why You Need Sunglasses
The sun’s damaging UV rays contribute to many eye health and vision disorders.
You need to wear sunglasses that block the UV rays to protect your eyes.
Visible light allows you to see color, but too much light causes you to squint,
inhibiting your visual performance. You need to wear sunglasses that block at least 65% of visible light to enhance your visual performance.
The sun’s infrared rays release heat that make our skin warm and make our eyes feel hot and dry. You need to wear sunglasses that block 75-100% of IR rays for optimal eye comfort.
In addition to protecting your eyes and enhancing your performance, sunglasses help you look and feel great! Because there are so many fashion images to choose from, many people purchase multiple pairs of sunglasses to project different images on different days.
All Sunglasses Are Not Created Equal
Don’t be misled. Not all lenses labeled “UV protection” have safe and optimal levels of protection and many inexpensive sunglass lenses have imperfections that cause distortion and are made of materials that scratch easily. Our eyewear professionals only recommend sunglasses with the highest quality lenses, providing maximum visual clarity, protection and durability.
High quality sunglass frames are critical to long wearing comfort, performance and durability. We offer frames in a variety of materials including, titanium, flexon, nylon and acetate. Our professionals can help you choose the frame that fits you best and most suits your lifestyles needs.
With the many different lens options available, we can customize our sun lenses
to meet your visual, protection performance and comfort needs.
Polycarbonate Lenses — used in sports-oriented performance frames, is the lightest material available and is best known for its high degree of impact resistance. Polycarbonate lenses are recommended for most sports and for children.
Glass Lenses — are the most optically pure, causing the least amount of distortion. Glass lenses are popular for sunglasses because of their inherent ability to absorb infrared light rays and their scratch resistant qualities.
CR-39 — is an optical grade plastic lens. These are lighter weight and more impact resistant than glass.
There are so many options… dependent on your lifestyle needs. Our eyecare professionals are trained to assist you in choosing the frame and lenses to enhance your visual performance and make you look and feel great!
Grey is recommended when true color representation is important and is good for those who spend long hours in bright sunlight.
Green, like grey, is a good multi-purpose lens color.
Brown and Amber enhance contrast and depth perception.
Amber tints are recommended for snow boarding, skiing, mountain climbing and driving in hazy conditions.
Rose enhances contrast, but not as clearly as amber does, although some people find rose to be more comfortable to wear.
Fashion tints in all colors are excellent for creating a good look. They work well for indoor/outdoor use.
Gradient Tints are darker at the top than the bottom and reduce lens glare from above.
Double Gradient Tints are dark at the top and bottom, with lighter lens center.
Blue Blockers are designed to eliminate large segments of the color spectrum. Please be aware that night driving is not recommended and some patients have difficulty with traffic signal recognition.
Polarized Lenses — eliminates glare created by light bouncing off of highly reflective surfaces such as metal, glass, water, sand or snow. They are ideal for driving and very popular with outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Photochromatic Lenses — are light sensitive lenses that adjust from light to dark depending on the intensity of sunlight.
Mirrored Coatings — a thin metallic coating over a tinted lens, on either glass or plastic, reduces the overall brilliance of light. Perfect for water, snow and high altitude sports.
Anti-Reflective (AR) Coatings — usually applied on the back surface for sunglass use, reduces light reflections and ghost images. It is widely used to enhance sports performance.
Scratch-Resistant Coating — a tough coating that increases a lens’ durability, is applied to front and back of plastic, polycarbonate, and some mirror-coated lenses.
Caring For Your Sunglasses
Once you have invested in quality sunglasses it is important that you take good care of them. Always store them in their case when you are not wearing them.
Do not leave them in your car where they may be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures. When cleaning your sunglasses, it is always best to rinse them in warm water and dry them with a soft lint free cloth. When water is not available, use a sunglass cleaning cloth or soft chamois to clean them. Cleaning cloths should be washed once per week. Mild dishwashing soap can be used to remove oils or hard to clean spots on lenses without coatings. Lenses with coating should be cleaned with special lens cleaners created to clean and protect the coated lens surface.
To help prevent costly repairs or loss, we recommend that you bring your sunglasses in to have them adjusted and tightened if they begin to feel loose or uncomfortable. We always enjoy seeing our patients and it gives us an opportunity to update you on the newest products and latest fashions in eyewear and sunwear while we make your adjustments.