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Why You Should Buy Your Sunglasses from an Optician

While you can pick up a pair of shades from nearly any drugstore, it’s best to buy your sunglasses from an optician. Here’s what you should know.


The basics of sun protection

Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays has been linked to an increased risk of developing cataracts, which are a leading cause of blindness. In addition, the chances of developing various kinds of eye cancers go up with the amount of time your eyes are exposed to UV rays. Here’s what you should look for in a pair of sunglasses. 


• They should block 100 per cent of UV rays. This is the most important factor in selecting a pair of sunglasses. Usually a sticker or tag will indicate whether the shades in question provide this level of protection.
• The bigger they are, the more protection they offer. Look for oversized or wraparound models.
• Make sure the lenses block enough light to help you maintain good visibility, especially if you plan on wearing them while driving.

Lens colour has no bearing on the level of protection a pair of shades provides. You should also know that polarized lenses cut glare, not UV rays. While they make driving in sunny weather easier and safer, they don’t offer increased sun protection.



You get what you pay for

Buying sunglasses online, at a drugstore or at a flea market may be an attractive option. Because of the lower cost, many people choose to purchase prescription glasses and sunglasses online, but there are also many stories of customers receiving the wrong prescription or realizing they chose the wrong frame. Drugstore shades may offer acceptable protection, but often suffer from poor construction. Finally, while a vintage pair may look great, they’re unlikely to offer adequate UV blockage.



Why you should consult an optician

Protecting your eyes from UV rays shouldn’t be an afterthought. Buying a good pair of sunglasses is an investment in your long-term eye health, which is why it’s best to consult a professional. Opticians are able to guide you through the process of choosing the right level of protection to fit your lifestyle while ensuring your money is spent on a quality product. For people who need prescription sunglasses, nothing beats the expertise of an optician. 


Eyewear experts in the Edmonton region


With five locations in the Edmonton area and a wide range of styles to choose from, Optometrists’ Clinic is the best place to find the right pair of shades in the region. Call us today to learn more about our services or to set up an appointment with one of our opticians.
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