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1. Disease prevention

Many people aren’t aware that the sun can harm your eyes and the skin around the eyes. UV rays can increase the risk of cataracts - up to 20% of cataracts may be caused by overexposure to UV rays, according to the World Health Organisation.

Other eye conditions that can result from too much UV exposure include photokeratitis, macular degeneration, melanoma, and pterygium.

2. Safety

Sunglasses protect against sun damage to the eyes and they also provide protection against harsh wind, dust, sand, and other airborne debris that irritate the eyes or could scratch your cornea.

Driving with polarised sunglasses can increase your reaction time than when  not wearing sunglasses. Sunnies reduce glare and keep you safe when driving or riding a bike.

3. Less strain, fewer headaches

You may know about blue light that comes from computers and other digital devices and that the light can cause eye strain, headaches and burning eyes.

But did you know that blue light can also come from the sun!

4. Improved dark adaptation
Sunglasses increase visual clarity by blocking UV rays and reducing glare during the day. They can also have a positive impact on your sight at night.

The American Optometric Association found that daytime exposure to ordinary sunlight can produce temporary but cumulative after effects on dark adaptation and night vision. High-quality polarised sunglasses can help reduce night vision loss.

5. A better outdoor experience
Non-sunglasses users can often rely on compensatory behaviours when outdoors. Many squint or avoid the sun as much as possible. Prescription sunglasses provide you with comfort, clarity, protection, and freedom to enjoy the outdoors.

Why buy prescription sunglasses?

The most common reason for buying prescription sunglasses is to see better in sunny conditions. While some alternatives offer a similar level of optical clarity on sunny days, like tinted lenses that clip on over conventional eyeglasses, a pair of prescription sunglasses is an efficient accessory.

Prescription sunglasses are attractive to those who are active – for instance - a cyclist who needs seamless vision in challenging conditions or the fisherman who prefers not to fiddle with clip-ons in changing light. They’re also very useful for drivers who'd rather reach for a single dedicated pair of sunglasses.

If you already have a pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses frames you love, it's likely we can add prescription sunglass lenses to them, or you can order a new pair of those same frames with prescription sunglass lenses included.

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Which sunglasses are best for aging eyes

As we age, our eyes become more sensitive to the harmful effects of UV rays and bright sunlight. Proper eye protection is crucial for older people to maintain good vision and reduce the risk of eye diseases.

Choosing the right sunglasses for older people can significantly enhance their eye health and overall well-being.

Polarised sunglasses are recommended for those people with cataracts, as they reduce glare and improve overall visual comfort.

And if you choose sunglasses with a wrap-around style that can shield your eyes from peripheral glare and harmful UV rays, providing a more comprehensive level of protection for anyone with cataracts.