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Choosing the Right Prescription Sunglasses: Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Why You Need Prescription Sunglasses

At Urban Eyecare & Eyewear, we often see patients complain during the spring and summer months about how difficult it is to drive in the morning after sunrise, or when driving home from work when the sun is setting. Clip-on or magnetic sun visors lack the style eyeglass wearers desire. And, they are typically constructed of inferior materials, have poor optical qualities, are prone to breakage, and the thin plastic lenses are very easy to scratch or warp, If you live in West Des Moines, Waukee, or surrounding communities, here are some tips for choosing the right prescription eyewear to protect your eyes from the sun.

Choose 100% UV Protection

Store-bought sunglasses will have various levels of UV protection, a feature that acts similarly to sunscreen or the skin. Prescribed sunglasses with UV protection will block damaging rays of ultraviolet light, which protects your eyes. Over-the-counter sunglasses may have a UV coating, but may easily peel or be removed by scratching.

Near or Far

When you choose to buy sunglasses that are accurately designed for your specific needs, you can enjoy excellent vision and glare reduction while reading in sunlight or while driving. Because glare can temporarily blind a driver, it is a phenomenon that has been responsible for thousands of car accidents. Protect yourself, your family, and other drivers on the road if you commonly drive in the direction of a rising or setting sun.

Your Choice of Materials

Store-bought sunglasses are typically plastic framed and plastic lenses. While plastic is a common choice for sunglasses, those who prefer wire-rimmed eyeglasses have this choice at our optometry clinic. Even more important is the lens material. Choose a strong polycarbonate lens or high index lenses if you have a strong prescription. This way your sunglass lens will be thinner, weigh less, and be more comfortable.

Come and See Us Today

Visit Urban Eyecare & Eyewear today. We provide quality eye care services and stock a wide selection of eyewear for Waukee and West Des Moines communities. We can help protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun with our optical services. For more information about choosing the right sunglasses, give us a call at 515-223-1000.