Sunglasses Prescriptions

If you wear prescription eyeglasses and are using clip-on sunglasses, you may find that prescription sunglasses are much more convenient and worth the additional investment. At Varley Optometry, you can find just the right frames for you and your doctor can have them fitted with your lens prescription so that you can enjoy clear but protected vision in Markham.

Advantages of prescription sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses are, in general, more comfortable to wear than an add-on to eyeglasses. They can also be safer, as you won’t have to worry about clip-ons falling off while driving or doing any other activities. Even contact lens wearers can enjoy the benefits of prescription sunglasses. For example, wearing contacts on the beach can become uncomfortable as eyes can become itchy and watery when dealing with the sand, sun, wind, and water. In that situation, wearing glasses would be much more comfortable. Wearing contacts while swimming is also a bad idea due to the possibility of coming into contact with microorganisms that could cause an eye infection. Prescription swimming goggles are also an option for patients who are active swimmers.

Prescription sunglasses can be fitted to meet any prescription, even offering bifocal and progressive lens options for patients with presbyopia.

Many options available

Prescription sunglasses come in nearly as many styles as non-prescription sunglasses, although the availability is limited when considering wraparound styles – glasses made with extreme curves typically distort vision, so they are not recommended.

In terms of frame styles and lens options, however, you are certain to find a pair that suits your tastes and needs at Varley Optometry. Prescription sunglasses are available in all lens materials, such as high-index, polycarbonate, and glass. An option that has become popular is lenses that have a photochromic tint, which means that they react to the level of light, darkening in sunlight and clearing up indoors. These are commonly referred to as “transition lenses.”

UV and glare protection

The primary concern of sunglasses is that the lenses block harmful UV rays from the sun, whether they are prescription or non-prescription. When working with your optician to get prescription sunglasses, be sure to get lenses that provide 100% UV protection. For added glare protection from light bouncing off of reflective surfaces, talk to your optician about prescription polarized sunglasses.

To protect your eyes indoors and outdoors, talk to your doctor at Varley Optometry about prescription sunglasses. He or she will be able to help you enjoy clear vision in Markham.

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