Both prescription and non-prescription sunglasses are designed to protect your eyes from sunlight. While all tinted lenses provide some will protection, some lenses are better than others. Sunglasses must block ultraviolet light, but that is just the beginning. Polarized lenses block glare off of horizontal surfaces such as water, snow, and the road. Mirrors and flash-mirrors are excellent for reducing glare and they are a must for sunlight intensive activities such as skiing. Mirrors are also very much in style these days. Mirrors come in many different colors and they can be quite a fashion statement.
If maximum UV protection is needed, e.g. for people at risk for macular degeneration, look for wrap frames that are positioned very close to the face to minimize the amount of light that sneaks in from behind the frame. Back side anti-glare coatings can also help to direct light away from the eyes.
Wiley-X Climate Control frames have removeable pads to protect the eyes from wind, dust, and light. They even help patients with dry eyes by minimizing tear evaporation.
Transitions® lenses have come a long way in recent years. Many of our patients like the Transitions® XTRActive® because they even darken in the car and in the shade. Transitions® are a great option for your primary glasses, but they are no substitute for polarized or mirror sun lenses.
If you have never had prescription sunglasses, you are in for an amazing experience when you try them for the first time. Although designer sunglasses can be expensive, there are many affordable brands that provide great protection from harmful sunlight as well. If you are interested in finding the best brand of sunglasses for your lifestyle, we can help. We have a variety of options for you to choose from that will comfortably fit your face and let you enjoy the outdoors in style.