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What about corrective sunglasses?

Are you one of the many who need vision correction but do not own prescription sunglasses? Maybe you tell yourself they’re not as stylish as ordinary sunglasses or they’re too expensive? Discover some of the misconceptions about corrective sunglasses – and the many benefits of combining perfectly corrected vision with protection outdoors.

Most glasses wearers are particular about choosing and updating their eyeglasses; yet more than 50% do not have corrective sunglasses. This means they are missing out on enjoying eye comfort and safety in a whole range of outdoor activities, from driving their car and playing sports to walking and gardening. And while not every model of sunglasses is suited to corrective lenses, there is plenty of choice to cater for every lifestyle, age and environment.

If you wear prescription glasses, why not wear corrective sunglasses? Here are a few of the reasons glasses wearers give for not having corrective sunglasses – and some possible solutions.

“I can wear my clear lenses outside”: Optical frames are rarely adapted to protection from UV and reflected light, as they do not cover enough of your face and eyes. If you prefer to have a single pair of glasses, why not test clear-to-dark photochromic lenses in a frame adapted for outdoor use?
“I wear clear-to-dark photochromic lenses”: While this is convenient in the short term, it is not a satisfactory long-term solution if you spend a lot of time outdoors. As already mentioned, optical frames are poorly adapted for UV and glare protection.
“I prefer wearing contact lenses with non-prescription sunglasses”: Some people find contact lenses irritate their eyes when worn for long periods. Furthermore, corrective sunglasses come in a range of shapes and forms that offer as many styles as non-corrective sunglasses.
“Prescription sunglasses are too expensive”: An extensive range of sunglasses is available for every budget. Ask your eye care professional to help you find a suitable product.

What kind of glasses wearer are you?

The type of corrective sunglasses you choose will depend on your lifestyle and personality.

• If you’re a pragmatic person, the best solution is a pair of sunglasses you can use all year round. This probably means opting for a classic frame shape and lenses in grey or brown, as they match any style and season. Polarized lenses are widely available for visual correction, and will offer optimal protection against bright light in all conditions. For people who prefer having just one pair of glasses, corrective photochromic lenses adapt to the intensity of the light, becoming darker in bright sun.
• If you’re a fashionista, there are plenty of stylish options. Corrective lens makers are increasingly aware of trends in frame shapes, adapting the size of the lenses accordingly. And you’ll find a whole range of colours, gradients and special treatments for corrective lenses.
• If you’re an active person and want sunglasses for sports, you can choose from corrective lenses in a range of colours to improve contrast and colour perception, as well as specially adapted frames.
• If you have sensitive eyes, wearing corrective sunglasses is even more important to protect your eyes from bright light and UV. Children who need visual correction should be equipped with corrective sunglasses, as their eyes are particularly sensitive to UV damage. When choosing a frame for your child, look for a robust design with flexibility and protected hinges. People with light eyes and older people also tend to be more sensitive to bright light and can benefit from corrective sunglasses.

How do lenses get their tint?
There are several ways of giving lenses their tint:- They may be dipped in a water-soluble dye. The longer the lens is kept in the dye, the darker the shade.
- When the lens is being made, a pigment may be added to the molten glass, a process known as through-dying or tinting in the mass.
- Alternatively, a special filter may be added to the lens after production to give it the right tint.It should be noted that prescription lenses may be thicker at the centre or at the
edges, and therefore require a special care to ensure the lens is equally shaded across its entire surface.