You can look cool, protect your eyes AND even see too thanks to prescription sunglasses. Did you know your eyes are just as at risk for sun damage as other parts of your body? It's true. With time frequent exposure to the sun can damage your eyes. You can help prevent this damage by wearing prescription sunglasses.
Many online providers offer two for one deal for patients who need prescription lenses. You can buy your regular prescription glasses and get a pair of sunglasses of equal or lesser value free.
Here are some tips for buying prescription sunglasses:
- Look for nylon frames because they are more durable and flexible. Nylon frames make good material for sunglasses.
- If you are into sports, consider buying specialty sports sunglasses or goggles.
- Try to find large lenses and wrap around sunglasses to prevent UV rays from leaking in around the corner edges of your sunglasses. Wrap around styles also provide greater protection from wind, rain and dust. These are the best choice for sports fans that cycle, ski, hike or spend a lot of time enjoying outdoor activities.
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You may decide to tint your lenses. Typically it doesn't matter what color you tint your glasses, this is a matter of personal choice. Here is some information however, if you are interested in buying tinted lenses:
- Go for amber and orange tints if you want to see well on hazy or cloudy days.
- Go for brown to enhance your depth perception.
- Try gray or green tinted lenses, which are great all purpose tints.
- Try gold and yellow when out in dimly lit environments.
- Try dark gray to reduce glare and help improve vision on bright and sunny days. This is a good color for lenses worn while driving.
- Try a darker brown for exceptional contrast vision on bright and sunny days. Also very good for driving like the darker gray.
- Light gray is a good choice for sunny by slightly overcast days. A lighter brown will achieve the same effect, and is largely a matter of personal choice.
- Try polarized lenses, which help reduce glare from the highway, from water and from snow. Polarized lenses are very effective for alleviating eyestrain and headaches among people that do not wear prescription sunglasses.
- Make sure you look for sunshades offering UV protection with 99-100% absorption, meaning most UV rays are absorbed.
- Try polycarbonate lenses if you are a skier, as they are less likely to shatter and fog-resistant.
- Try wraparound frames for cycling, skiing or other vigorous sports to help prevent light from seeping in the sides of your frames.
Why Protect Your Eyes From UV?
Ultraviolet radiation or UV radiation is the type of radiation emitted from the sun that causes our skin to burn. Prolonged exposure can result in damage not only to the skin, but also to one's vision. Typically UV light is strongest between the hours of 10am and 3pm during the day. People living in higher altitudes are also more at risk for UV exposure.
The good news is you can easily protect yourself from UV radiation simply by wearing prescription sunglasses. Prescription lenses will allow you to drive as you normally would without fear of blurry vision. You also won't have to deal with the glare of the highway.
Remember you only get one pair of peepers, so your best bet is to protect them. Don't just buy dark lenses. Make sure you get prescription sunglasses that offer a verifiable UV protection rating.
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