Prescription Sunglass Lenses
For healthy eyes, sunglasses should be a requirement for all Australians.
According to the Australian Government Radiation Protection and Nuclear safety agency:
“Long term exposure to ultraviolet radiation can also cause cataracts, a clouding in the lens of the eye which obscures vision as well as short-term eye damage such as snow-blindness if the UVR intensity is sufficiently high.”
UV light can promote the development of cataracts, pterygium (an irritating tissue growing from the white part of the eye which may distort vision), cancer of the conjunctiva, photokeratitis (corneal sunburn), skin cancer of eyelids and around the eyes, corneal degenerative changes and age-related macular degeneration.
Children are particularly susceptible to UV exposure. The effects of UV radiation exposure are cumulative and can lead to eye disease later in life. Sunglasses, which meet the Australian Standard ASNZS1067:2003 and a broad-brimmed hat can reduce the amount of UV radiation that reaches the eyes by up to 98%.
Because damage is cumulative, the choices you make now will affect you in the future.
Sunglasses and Lenses
It is the UV absorbing properties of the lenses that provides the protection and not the colour of the lenses. This means that dark sunglasses are not necessarily more effective at protecting the eyes from UV than lightly tinted sunglasses.
Polarized sunglasses are very popular as they reduce glare from many surfaces alleviating eye fatigue and eyestrain. Active sportspeople, those on the water or snow and even those who spend time driving also see significant benefit from.
The solution for those whose eyesight isn’t perfect is prescription sunglasses. These can be for distance correction or for both distance and reading (reading the Sunday paper on the balcony can get pretty uncomfortable in full sun).
Often polarized prescription lenses and polarized prescription sunglasses can be designed to better suit your particular outdoor pursuits, eg golf, sailing, fishing, bushwalking, driving, skiing, cycling.
Depending on your prescription we can make designer prescription sunglasses look like they have no prescription at all, so you can even attend the Melbourne Cup with a fashionable pair of prescription sunglasses.
If you are a little rougher on your glasses and don’t want a classy designer pair being scratched at the beach or bushwalking then buying cheap prescription sunglasses may be an option. This way there is less expense to replace them if they do become damaged.
You are also able to claim against your private health insurance for prescription sunglasses, making your ocular health even more affordable.