Get Summer-ready with Prescription Sunglasses

Jun 28, 2015 in Glasses & Sunglasses

Get Summer-ready with Prescription Sunglasses

The temperature is steadily climbing up and we are on track for a glorious English summer this year. It’s time to don the latest in sunglasses style and get set to spend more time outdoors – whether it’s hitting the beach or having a picnic in Hyde Park. Here’s what you should look for in sunglasses, especially if you need prescription lenses.

Right Choice

Do you reach for the cheap sunglasses that are available at street markets? Sure, they may look great and be available in myriad colours and designs.

However, most of them have purely cosmetic lenses and do not offer adequate protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Here are some points to keep in mind when you go to buy your next pair of sunglasses:

  • UV protection should be the first & foremost consideration when you buy sunglasses. Your sunglasses should ideally block 95-100% of UVA & UVB rays.

  • Try on the sunglasses to make sure that they fit properly and don’t pinch around your head.

  • Your eyelashes should not touch the frame or lenses.

  • Choose sunglasses with lenses made from NXT polyurethane – these are scratch-resistant, impact-resistant and have greater optical clarity.

  • Keep in mind the shape of your face when you buy sunglasses. A quick style guide:

Oversized rectangular frames suit round faces

Aviators are best if you have a heart-shaped face

Go for circular frames if you have an angular face

Most styles suit an oval face

Prescription Sunglasses

If you normally wear glasses or contact lenses, you need to invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses. Clip-on or magnetic sun lenses are an option but they are not the most convenient things to change to, especially when you are in the middle of an activity such as driving. Transition lenses, which are regular lenses that go dark when exposed to sunlight, are also useful, but may not work in all situations – for example if your car wind shield has UV filters, the transition glasses may not go dark enough. Prescription sunglasses, on the other hand, are regular sunglasses that have your personalised corrective prescription built right into the lenses. You can get prescription sunglasses for various eye problems, whether it’s a refractive error that needs to be corrected or if you need bifocals.

Frame It!

Get summer-ready with the help of Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care. Visit one of our stores and browse through our extensive collection of designer sunglasses. If it’s prescription sunglasses you’re looking at, we highly recommend the range from Maui Jim, which are perfect for people who appreciate the finer things in life. Maui Jim’s patented PolarizedPlus2® technology allows you to see more colour than ever before. Unlike many other prescription lenses, MauiPassportTM lenses do not distort your peripheral vision and give you better clarity. Of course, Maui Jim sunglasses also offer advanced protection from the sun as well as eliminate glare. While you’re at the store, why not take an eye test to make sure that your eyes are in perfect condition? Find out if your prescription has changed or if any other eye problems need to be addressed. So get summer-ready with the latest in stylish prescription sunglasses!