Apart from being a fashion statement, sunglasses are extremely protective to the eye and the surrounding areas. Optometrists recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you may be exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) light. UV rays can cause damage to the skin surrounding our eyes as well as to the internal and external structures of the eyes. Different quality lenses offer different UV blocking abilities. Category 3 sunglasses have been certified to block out all harmful UV rays.
Sun damage to the eye can come in many forms. Most commonly, we observe changes to the white (sclera) of the eye, in the form of pterygium and pingueculae. This damage is a growth of the white tissue outwards and onto the surface of the front of the eye, the cornea. Sunglasses act as a blocker to the harmful rays that exacerbate this growth. Sun damage can also cause early cataract and cancers of the skin around the eyes.
Category 3 sunglasses are available in either tinted or polarised options.
Tinted sunglasses offer blockage of UV rays.
Polarised sunglasses are tinted lenses with an added glare filter. Glare is caused by scattered light reflected from bright surfaces, such as car windshields, water and roads. By reducing this scattered effect, you are able to gain more clarity of vision with significantly improved ocular comfort.
When choosing your sunglasses, keep in mind the quality of the lens as well as the shape. Larger sunglasses that provide side (temple) protection will offer the most prevention against the effects of sun damage. We have a wide variety of sunglass styles available and our expert staff will not only provide technical guidance, but also fashion advice. We want you to not only look good in your sunglasses but know that they are providing the utmost protection. Please drop in and let our frame stylists choose the best sunglasses for you.
Here at The Eyewear Shop our knowledgeable staff will show you sunglasses that both make you look great as well as protect your eyes.