Tips to Protect Your Eyes from Summer Sunshine

We know that we need to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun, so why do we neglect to protect our eyes? Ultraviolet radiation can cause serious damage to our eyes. To protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation, you should wear sunglasses that block 100% UV whenever you are outdoors in daylight. Your eyes need protection even on cloudy days because the sun’s damaging UV rays can penetrate cloud cover.

Studies have suggested that prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause macular degeneration of the retina (AMD), cataract of the intraocular lens, corneal damage, internal and external ocular cancers. Children’s eyes, in particular, are extremely sensitive and without protection, they are much more susceptible to long term damage. Children should wear 100% UV filtering sunglasses, preferably polarised, which eliminates glare as well as offering high protection to their eyes and surrounding skin.

Your optometrist can advise which type of sunglasses are best to protect your eyes in general, for sports or occupational needs. Whether it is for driving, golf, sailing, biking or running, there is a multitude of different lens types that provide 100% UVA/UVB protection. Sports enthusiasts and athletes deserve superior protection and performance while playing their respective sport.

Oliver Peoples Sunglasses

Offering an extensive range of sports sunglasses, most notably Oakley, Maui Jim, Adidas, Bollé and Vuarnet, Optique think about technology and how it can optimise your sports performance. Polarised lenses (also in prescription) totally eliminate glare and enhance contrast and depth of vision. Transitions Signature lenses are designed to quickly adapt from clear indoors to fully dark in the brightest sun, offering a distinct advantage over clear lenses. They continuously adapt to changing light so they’re always exactly the shade you need them to be.

Acuvue’s Oasys with Transitions contact lenses will be available in Optique later this month. They quickly and seamlessly adapt to balance the amount of indoor and outdoor light entering the eye, including filtering blue light and blocking harmful UV rays. For those looking for glamour and beauty, large retro classics, aviators and vintage tortoiseshell frames pave the way on the fashion catwalks. Optique stocks a huge selection of designer eyewear and sunglasses such as Prada, Dior, Gucci, Paul Smith, Persol, Cutler and Gross, Woow, Oliver Peoples and Oakley.

Experts in the art of skillfully and stylishly dressing your face, Optique Opticians will help you choose eyewear which is right for your look, your prescription, and your lifestyle. Contact Optique on 091 386669 for more information.