Kept in the shade

Kept in the shade

Sunglasses are a valuable ally on a bright day. The sun’s rays are often fierce, particularly when reflecting off a body of water, and tinted lenses provide essential protection against dazzle and harmful light rays.

Sunshine is full of invisible ultraviolet rays, including UVA and UVB waves. Any sunglasses sold by us will prevent both categories of ultraviolet light reaching your eyes, where it can damage retinas, lenses and corneas.

When choosing a new pair of sunglasses, make sure you can’t see over the frames.

They should ideally wrap around at the sides as well, which is why sunglasses lenses are generally larger than in normal glasses. We can offer advice when you’re choosing sunglasses, helping you select the style that’s right for you.

Because they’re always worn outdoors, sunglasses typically lead a harder life than spectacles. Shatterproof lenses are recommended for any outdoor sports enthusiasts, while hydrophobic coatings help repel water. We can apply an anti-reflective coating to the back surface of these lenses, to reduce reflections even when facing away from the sun. Another option involves polarised lenses, these can either be prescription or non-prescription, and they are highly recommended for people with active lifestyles.

Did you know? Many people believe sunglasses originated in 12th-century China. Smoked quartz was fitted into primitive frames held up to the wearer’s face; despite being very expensive, these items were hugely sought after.