Do You Really Need Prescription Sunglasses?


It can be hard to justify purchasing another pair of eyewear, but prescription eyewear offers many benefits. Even if you wear contacts all the time, there may be times when a pair of prescription sunglasses offer better protection than a regular pair with your contacts. For example, you may want to avoid your contacts when you’re at the beach or on the water. Battling wind, sun and sand can be difficult. Read on for more information about the benefits of prescription sunglasses.

Benefits of Prescription Sunglasses

The most obvious benefit of sunglasses, prescription or not, is that they protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun. According to Prevent Blindness, the UV-A rays can damage the macula and hurt your central vision. The UV-B rays, the ones responsible for sun burns and skin cancer, are mostly absorbed by the cornea and lens of your eye. However, it’s thought that these rays can be even more damaging to your eyes than UV-A rays. UV-B rays are most likely responsible for some types of cataracts. You can also get a corneal sunburn when you spend hours at the beach without eye protection.

4 More Benefits of Prescription Sunglasses

  1. Clean and Clear Improvement 
  2. If you wear bifocals or even trifocals, with prescription sunglasses, you’ll have the best vision when driving and sun protection. Even if you don’t need bifocals when driving, having the right prescription when you’re in the sun ensures you have the right eyewear.
  3. Prevents Signs of Aging 
  4. The sun’s UV rays contribute to aging and wrinkling. The sensitive skin around the eyes is extremely vulnerable. Proper UV-protection around the eyes protects the skin and the eyes from the UV-radiation.
  5. Glare Protection
Polarized lenses not only block the rays of the sun, they can also offer glare protection. Whether you’re on the road, in the water or at the beach, you’ll be able to see better because you’ll be protected from the light bouncing off reflective surfaces.
Sunglasses Shield Your Eyes.  Very bright sunlight can irritate your eyes. Sunglasses shield your eyes from the wind and dust.

Choosing Sunglasses

The best way to prevent eye damage from the sun is to wear proper eyewear. Fortunately, you have many options. You can choose sunglasses made of different types of lenses, from poly-carbonate to Trivex or glass. You also have many different frame options, to choose the ones that fit your face, personality and lifestyle.

The color of the lens typically has nothing to do with UV protection. Darker lenses don’t always mean greater UV protection. You can even add UV protection to your regular pair of eyeglasses. If you work in a building that has a lot of windows, it might be a good idea.

Consider purchasing prescription sunglasses instead of using the clip-on or magnetic sunshields. If you have an active lifestyle and love to be outdoors, you may find them much more convenient. Talk to us about your needs and let us help you find an affordable option to protect your eyes.