What are the best types of lenses for sunglasses?
What do you consider the most important aspect of your sunglasses? Does your love for fashion come before the need to fully protect your eyes? It’s important to note that the primary reason for wearing sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays. Whether on a cloudy or snowy day, the UV rays can still enter and damage your eyes. For this reason, our choice of sunglass lenses is as important as our need to look appealing or fashionable, perhaps even more. At Mountain Eye Care, we can help our patients choose the right pair of prescription sunglasses that help shield their eyes from harmful UV rays. In this blog, we will be talking about a few of the best types of lenses for sunglasses.
Polarized lenses reduce glare reflected off surfaces, making images appear sharper and clearer. They are available for non-prescription and prescription sunglasses, and can be worn indoors by light-sensitive people, including post-cataract surgery patients and those continually exposed to bright sunlight through windows. Most polarized lenses provide UV protection, which is important to maintaining healthy eyesight.
Photochromic lenses automatically darken when exposed to sunlight, eliminating the need for separate sunglasses in many cases. Available in all lens designs and materials, including bifocals and high-index lenses, photochromic lenses are a popular choice for all ages.
The Blue lens is considered a next-generation lens coating that combats digital eye strain by reducing your exposure to blue light from smartphones, tablets, computer screens, televisions, energy-efficient lighting, and the sun. This attractive, near-clear coating also optimizes visual performance, improves visual comfort, enhances your appearance, and extends the life of your lenses.
Anti-reflective lenses can reduce eye strain caused from glare, reflections, and the “halos” you see around lights at night. It helps protect your lenses from scratches and smudges, and can repel dust and water. This coating makes your vision sharper and your eyes appear clearer behind your lenses. Some anti-reflective coatings reduce the amount of reflected UV from the back of your lenses, providing the best overall UV protection possible. They are particularly suitable for water and snow sports because they prevent the reflection of bright light from these surfaces into the eyes.
While choosing your sunglasses, take into consideration the type of lens your eye needs for maximum protection. It’s important to purchase sunglasses that completely cover your eyes to prevent entry of UV rays from areas which are partially covered. Additionally, sunglasses that are labelled ‘UV 400 ‘ will block all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers. As you make your sunglass choice this summer, make sure to consider the most effective lens for your eye needs.
For all of your prescription sunglasses needs, consider Mountain Eye Care today! We can get you fitted with the right pair of sunglasses for your face shape and your UV ray protection needs. Click here to find our contact information or to speak with a representative.