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Prescription Sunglasses: What Are the Advantages and Benefits?

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For wearers of prescription eyewear, bright and sunny days can create many problems such as glare, eye strain and more. Prescription sunglasses have many benefits and are a great solution to provide eye comfort during bright conditions — combining critical vision correction of prescription glasses with essential UV protection and the stylish looks of designer sunglasses.

Are Prescription Sunglasses Worth It?

For many prescription eyeglass wearers, prescription glasses are an essential investment. For eyeglass wearers that spend a lot of time outdoors or driving in the car, sunglasses offer invaluable eye comfort and UV protection that can prevent eye health problems. Many of today’s top designers of prescription sunglasses — such as Ray-Ban, Gucci and others — offer a nice touch to one’s style as well. Sunglasses also offer valuable eye protection from debris that occurs during wet, sandy, windy, dusty conditions.

Are Prescription Sunglasses UV Protected?

Absolutely. One of the essential features of prescription eyeglasses is that they will protect your eyes from UV risk. In sunny and foggy conditions, ultraviolet rays are the most significant risk to your eyesight and can be a cause of cataracts as we age. If you buy prescription glasses from your trusted eye doctor or retailer, your sunglasses will come with proper UV coating on the lenses that prevent UV rays from causing eye damage. This UV coating can provide nearly 100 percent protection from UV rays.

Can Prescription Sunglasses Be Retinted or Tinted Darker?

Most people tint their existing eyeglasses at their eye clinic, but the process can depend on the material of the glasses. Often, your eyeglasses store can dye your eyewear a variety of colors also to the dark brown or black shades common in most sunglasses. If your lenses are made of plastic, tinting existing eyeglasses can be done at home. It is important to note that some glass lenses or lenses with some protective coatings may not absorb the dye.

How Much Do Prescription Sunglasses Cost?

The average price of prescription sunglasses can be quite affordable. But, prescription sunglasses can vary in cost depending on if they are high-end designer sunglasses. Sunglasses can come at a discount when you buy them from your eye clinic at the same time you purchase your regular prescription eyewear. The average price of prescription sunglasses is less costly than patients expect. For more on how to get prescription sunglasses, or to get a fitting along with an eye examination, contact us today!

Written by Dr. Ronald Nicholas Strohan

Dr. Strohan has been an integrative optometrist in the Milton, Ontario area for over 40 years and has always stayed true to his philosophy of focusing on excellent patient eye care. He has studied behavioural optometry for more than 4 decades and is passionate about providing clear vision for patients of all ages. He takes pride in offering the latest eye care products and advancements in vision therapy.
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