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Stylish Protection

Sunglasses are popular for comfort and fashion, but now there’s medical evidence supporting the use of sunglasses to protect long-term eye health by limiting their exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

That’s why i.wear Optical carries an extensive selection of sunglasses and can convert most regular frames to sunglasses whether your eyes require correction or not.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than a dozen studies have shown spending hours in the sun without proper eye protection can increase the chances of developing age-related eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration. Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) now recommend wearing UV-absorbent sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats when in the sun long enough to get a suntan or sunburn.

Get 100% UV absorption

People mistakenly confuse the ability of sunglasses to block UV light with the color and darkness of the lenses. In truth, UV protection comes from a chemical coating applied to the surface of the lens. Shop for sunglasses that absorb 99% to 100% of all UV light. Some lens manufacturers’ labels say “UV absorption up to 400 nm.” This is the same thing as 100% UV absorption.

Choose wraparound styles for maximum protection

Wraparound sunglasses are shaped to keep light from shining around the frames and into the eyes. Studies show that enough UV rays enter around ordinary frames to reduce the benefits of protective lenses. Large-framed, close-fitting wraparound sunglasses protect the eyes from all angles.

Wraparound sunglasses should be considered by commercial fishermen, mountain climbers, skiers or anyone who spends time at high altitudes or on the water.

In the past, wraparound sunglasses were only available in a few prescriptions. Now i.wear Optical offers Autograph with Attitude (digital wavefront design) lenses by Shamir and EOS Wrap lenses by KBCO, both may be "optimized" for increased visual comfort for virtually any prescription in wraparound sunwear.

Polarized lenses

Polarized lenses eliminate reflected glare, such as sunlight bouncing off dashboard, water, pavement or snow. Sunglasses with polarized lenses are particularly useful for fishing, driving and skiing. Polarization has nothing to do with UV light absorption, but many polarized lenses are now made with a UV-blocking substance. Polarized lenses are the best choice for eliminating disabling glare.

Visit any i.wear Optical location for an extensive selection and professional assistance.

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