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Slip, Slop, Slap

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How to protect your eyes from UV-light

Summer is finally approaching and we can see a small ray of sunshine amongst the miserable weather seen in the past few weeks. It is time to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and SHADE.

Those looking for summer fun may find prescription glasses to be a bit of an inconvenience, especially changing from prescription pair of glasses to sunglasses! Luckily, there are alternatives that can be done make your life easier: 

Many people love the convenience on one pair of glasses: going out, going indoors, for work. It is time to shade your eyes with

  • Prescription sunglasses: tinted lenses with your prescription with UV protection AND shade your eyes from that piercing light we call the sun! Great for those who have glare issues.
  • Polarised sunglasses: a special type of tinted lenses which reduce the amount of glare. Polarised lenses works by selectively cutting the amount of light that reaches the light.
  • UV tinting: this is a clear tint incorporated into your normal pair of glasses to SHADE your eyes from the sun. It is like the UV glass used to protect paintings in museums to prevent degeneration of the painting. This is a great look for those who just HATE wearing sunglasses outside and still want some form of sun protection for their eyes.
  • Photochromic/transition™ lenses: this is a type of lens with particles inside the lens which react to UV light to change into a dark pair of prescription sunglasses. This is a great alternative to sunglasses and convenient for those who just don’t have the time, nor care to change from their prescription glasses to prescription sunglasses!
  • Contact lenses: most people wear contact lenses due to the convenience of wearing non-prescription sunglasses. One of the worst things that can happen is to take off your prescription pair of sunglasses and NOT SEE A THING inside the shopping malls! But most of us don’t know that some manufacturers produce contact lenses with UV protection. This means that while you are wearing your contact lenses, your eyes will naturally be protected from the sun!
  • Orthokeratology: Contact lenses worn at night so you have fabulous clear vision in the day without wearing any prescription glasses or contact lenses. Gives you the flexibility to go swimming, diving and anything wild without worrying of infections and contact lenses falling out.
  • Combo: sunglasses AND contact lenses: to utilise and ensure that your eyes are well-protected, AND you take the trendy look for the summer.

And for those who want to add a little bit of colour to their new wardrobe, a new range of frames, sunglasses and even coloured contact lenses have arrived! So hop into your local optometrist and start looking forward to the sun! Make sure you’re well-equipped and fabulous for the new season!