Whether you need vision correction or have perfect vision, sunglasses are essential. You wouldn't go out in the sun without putting on sunscreen and we don't understand why anyone would go out without protecting their eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV).
Sunglasses will protect the eyes as well as the sensitive skin around your eye socket. UV protection will help to prevent skin cancer, cataracts etc. Glare from reflections is another concern. Not only is this uncomfortable it can be extremely dangerous especially when driving a vehicle. Generally, we recommend polarized lenses but there are times or occupations when polarized lenses should be avoided.
Polarized lenses are designed to eliminate glare, the blinding refection’s from water and other horizontal reflective surfaces like glass and shiny cars. Glare blinds so that person on a bicycle, pedestrian, or object disappears. This is especially dangerous when driving. Glare is also uncomfortable and can cause headaches and migraines.
Additionally, sports sunglasses can serve as protection for your eyes from bugs, flying debris, and physical damage, while you enjoy your favorite sport or outdoor activity.
Optical quality and fit are the keys to eye comfort and protecting your eyes. There IS a big difference between cheap sunglasses; sometimes cheap lenses don't even protect your eyes from damaging UV light despite what they state on the label. More often the lens quality is poor with distortion that causes your eyes to strain easily. Eye strain leads to headaches and discomfort. Quality non-prescription sunglasses start at around $100. The cost of prescription sunglassses depends on your unique prescription - we would be happy to assist you, just stop by or give us a call.
Pilots have special requirements. This guide from the Federal Aviation Administration will help explain what these requirements are.
Sunglasses for Pilots.pdf
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