Why Sunnies?

More than just an awesome fashion accessory, there are reasons why sunglasses are an important purchase.

Sunglasses will help to protect your eyes from harmful UV Rays

Buying good quality sunglasses will protect your eyes from the suns harmful UV rays. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation has been attributed to the development of many eye problems including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.  They will also help to prevent wrinkles by protecting the delicate skin around the eyes from premature ageing.

Sunglasses reduce glare

Most surfaces will reflect light. Water, snow, car windshields and the road surface are some of the most common surfaces that we experience reflected light. Extremely bright reflections can be distracting and interfere with vision. This is particularly dangerous when driving, riding a motorbike, skiing or boating.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from wind, dust and debris

Sunglasses are an effective wind barrier! They reduce the rate of evaporation of tears and help keep your eyes moist and comfortable.  If you wear contact lenses, sunglasses will help to keep them moist and prevent windblown particles from getting in your eyes.

Sunglasses reduce headaches and eyestrain

No more squinting! Squeezing the eyes further reduces light entering the eye. Muscle fatigue associated with squinting and constant constriction of the pupil can lead to headache and eyestrain. Sunglasses reduce the amount of light reaching the eyes to a more comfortable level, eliminating the need for squinting and severe pupil constriction. Ensure you buy sunglasses that provide the correct level of protection.

Sunglasses can enhance vision

All sunglass lenses are tinted to cut down on overall brightness and enhance terrain definition. However, your choice of tint colours affect your vision by influencing:

  • how much visible light reaches your eyes,
  • how well you see other colours, and
  • how well you see contrasts.

By selecting the correct colour tint for your sport or activity will help to improve your visual acuity for that environment. Conversely, certain bright or unusual colours may alter your colour perception adversely. From a visual standpoint this is why it is usually best to choose lenses that are grey, brown or green.

Yes! Kids should wear sunglasses!

  • The lens of the child’s eye transmits about 70% more UV than the adult eye, putting their retina at a larger risk.
  • The cells of the lens of the eye are never replaced; the proteins of the lens are never replenished. The lens cannot repair itself; damage accumulates over a lifetime. The earlier kids wear sunglasses, the less damage later on in life.
  • Kids under 10 are at a higher risk for both skin and eye damage, because their skin and eyes are more fragile.
  • Children are outdoors much more than adults, therefore it is likely that over 1/2 of their life exposure to the sun will occur within the first 20 years of their life.

Most adults know the benefits of owning a pair of sunglasses, so why aren’t we buying them for our kids?

Eyelines Optometrists has a great range of children’s sunglasses and our professional and friendly staff will ensure the perfect fit.

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