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Are Sunglasses Really Necessary?

The answer is YES!

This week marks Sun Awareness Week and we really wanted to remind you how important it is to stay safe in the sun.

It’s quite easy to be safe when outside, with the simplest and most important thing is to put on sun screen and wear your sunglasses. Make sure you put on a hat, or cover your skin as well. It’s the easy things like this that save your skin and eyes from harmful and painful damage caused by the sun when over-exposed.


What damage can the sun cause?


Over-exposure to the sun’s rays can cause serious damage to your body and eyes. You have to protect yourself from skin cancers and sunglasses will protect your eyes from the Ultra Violet Rays, which can have harmful effects on the eyelid, cornea, lens and retina.

Who is affected?


Everyone is affected by damage to the skin and eyes from the sun. Many people don’t realise that the sun can have a long term impact on eyes when they’re left unprotected. From cataracts to sunburn (yes, your eyes can get sunburned) it’s important to protect your them.

Sunburn

Have you ever spent a day in the sun without your sunglasses and experienced watering, itchy, gritty dry eyes – that’s probably sunburn. You can help alleviate the symptoms by using a cool compress on your eyes.

Cataracts

This is the clouding of the lens of the eyes, where your vision becomes blurry and difficult to see. Research has shown that UV light from the sun’s rays is a significant factor in the onset of cataracts.

Macular Degeneration

The macular is the main part where you see from and as you get older it deteriorates. UV exposure, over time, can increase the onset of macular degeneration.

So this year, remember to wear sunscreen, wear a t-shirt, stay in the shade and wear a decent pair of sunglasses and during Sun Awareness Week spread the word of sun safety and the dangers of over exposure!

It is important to invest in the right pair of sunglasses for your visual needs. There are a number of different types of lenses including polarised, tinted, mirrored – all with different benefits and styles. We can help you choose the right pair for your lifestyle.

Designer glasses

Are Designer Glasses Worth It?

Patients who come in and swap their budget-friendly glasses for a pair of great designer ones, never regret it. Here’s why we think your next pair of glasses should be a designer pair: 

Creates a foundation to any wardrobe

A pair of designer glasses are versatile and can match any outfit. The same pair of glasses can be worn at work and for an evening out and can be jazzed up with a great outfit, handbag or pair of shoes.

Elevates your outfits

Investing in a great pair of glasses means the quality is unparalleled. The quality, style, craftsmanship, and design can elevate any outfit that you wear adding a sense of chic and glamour or even professionalism. And what’s more, they’ll stay looking the same longer than budget-friendly glasses.

The cost per wear makes it worthwhile

Think about what your wardrobe is really costing you. Many of us have designer handbags or shoes that we wear only on special occasions. You wear your glasses every day. This definitely makes the cost per wear worthwhile.

They are super durable

People who have worn unbranded glasses come to us to buy a new pair of designer glasses. One thing they tell us is how durable designer glasses actually are. People rarely come back to complain about the quality of a designer pair of glasses. The manufacturers put the glasses through a stringent quality check.

Have a great feel-good factor

There’s a certain feel-good factor that goes with wearing a designer pair of glasses and since you wear your glasses every day and they are a necessity, you might as well feel good wearing them.

You can pay from them slowly

Many of our patients choose designer glasses and pay for them through our interest-free credit option. You can wear a stunning pair of designer glasses and pay for them slowly.

Sunglasses

Top Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

When you think of preparing for winter we think of hats, scarves, gloves and a big wooly jumper. But very few people realise that sunglasses are as important in the winter as they are in the summer.

We recommend you keep your sunglasses out in the winter just as much as in the winter and here’s why: 

The Sun’s Rays

The suns rays are just as strong in the winter as they are in the summer, we just don’t feel the heat as much. Ultra Violet (UV) are just as present in the winter months and can damage your cornea, eye lens and other parts of your eyes. UV rays from sun exposure can be a great contributing factor the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. It’s worth protecting yourself.

The Sun Sits Lower

The sun sits lower during the winter months which leads to more direct exposure to harmful UV radiation. Your sunglasses can help you see more clearly on those sunny days in winter give you better vision when driving.

Protects You From Dry Eyes

Cold winds and snow are more harmful to your eyes than you might think. Wind and snow causes the moisture in your eyes to dry up causing your eyes to suffer from dry eyes. This common condition causes irritation, red, sore and gritty eyes which can be painful. You’re much less likely to suffer from dry eyes by wearing a good pair of sunglasses for protection making your eyes feel more comfortable. 

Our Top Winter Protection Tips:

There are many options for sunglasses, you can have a separate pair of sunglasses with your prescription, you can have a Transition tint put into your current glasses that helps your glasses go dark when you’re outside, you can even have a polarised lens to help reduce the glare.

Woman wearing sunglasses

Why Sunglasses Are So Important For Your Eyes

We’re all aware by now that although sunglasses are a great fashion accessory to add to any wardrobe they actually have a health benefit and protect our eyes from harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays. They should be a necessary part of any wardrobe.

How sunglasses work

The sun’s rays can penetrate through different areas of your eyes. 

UVA rays can reach the retina in the back of your eye and UVB rays reach the cornea in the front of the eye. Sunglasses prevent these rays from penetrating your eye, helping prevent damage to the eyes and in many cases vision loss.

Sunglasses are just like sunscreen you put on your skin. Just like sunscreen protects your skin from dangerous UV light, UV coating can be added to glasses lenses to help block harmful rays from causing damage to your eyes.

What to look for when buying a pair of sunglasses

When thinking of buying a pair of sunglasses it’s important to choose a fashionable pair. Many people go for a designer pair to encourage them to wear them all the time. It’s nice to wear a trendy pair of sunnies. But that’s not all, you need to look out for

99% UV protection levels – this means your pair of sunglasses will filter out all of the harmful UV rays that can damage your eyes.

Wraparound sunglasses – these style of sunglasses will  give you better coverage as they cover more of the eyes.

Polarisation – polarised sunglasses filter the light in a different way reducing the glare that you may face. Keen sports enthusiast and people who drive often prefer these style of sunglasses.

Tint colour – this is purely cosmetic so go for a colour that suits your face complexion and personality.

What sunglasses will suit my face and give me the best protection?

Just like a pair of glasses, different styles suit different faces. Our staffing team are frame stylists and can help you choose a pair that will suit your working environment and lifestyle.

We are all looking for a brand of glasses that speak our style. See what brands we stock here

Polarized Sunglasses – do they make a difference?

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Do polarized sunglasses really make a difference?

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Sunglasses make a great fashion accessory to any wardrobe but more importantly their job is to protect your eyes from UV rays which could prevent cataracts, macular degeneration and common eye strain.

Normal sunglasses provide basic protection against both vertical and horizontal UV rays. However, they don’t diminish the glare from reflected horizontal rays. This is something a polarised lens can do.

You may have seen polarised lens adverts and wonder what the hype is about. A polarised lens reduces glare that normal sunglasses cannot do. Particularly on sunny days, objects in the distance appear hazy or nearby vehicles are reflecting light in a way that is nearly blinding. A polarised lens removes the effects of glare by blocking reflections.

Daily wearers of polarised lenses say this improves eye comfort and allows you to take in the view without squinting. It’s great if you have sensitive eyes or are prone to migraine because you won’t find yourself squinting anymore. Since your eyes aren’t constantly challenged by glare, it is easier to view objects in bright conditions.

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If you are a water sport enthusiast, you’ll enjoy wearing polarised lenses. Fishermen and boaters love polarised sunglasses. The special material makes it easier to see into the water clearer. Without polarised lenses, the water’s surface simply reflects everything around it. This obscures the view into the water almost completely. Polarised lenses block this reflection and enable the wearer to see the contents of the water instead of the sky. People often find that wearing polarised lenses on the beach allows them to see clearly, especially parents who like to lie on the beach whilst their children play in the sea.

But they’re not only for the summer. Skiers love polarised lenses too. If you love hitting the slopes choosing polarised lenses is ideal if you struggle with the sun’s bright glare off the white snow and shiny ice. It also improves the contrast of colours and provides a higher-definition view of your surroundings.

Maui Jim offers a selection of durable, lightweight polarised sunglasses that allow you to see the world in truly vibrant, glare free colour. These are available now available in our Whitton branch. If you are interested in polarised lenses our in-house experts can talk you through the benefits further. We think you’ll be sold. Book an appointment now by clicking here.

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