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Did you know that while 68 percent of Canadian adults wear corrective lenses, only 12 percent of them wear prescription sunglasses? This disparity leads to more eye problems because eye protection in the sun is vital, whether you need prescription lenses or not. But why are prescription sunglasses so important for maintaining eye health? Keep reading below as we look at the benefits they can offer.


If you need corrective lenses on a daily basis, you deserve to have clear and crisp vision even on the sunniest of days. You do not need to compromise between wearing your regular lenses or wearing sunglasses. If you have ever tried to stack sunglasses over your regular glasses, however, you know just how uncomfortable and awkward that can be. When you have prescription sunglasses, you can have both comfort and clear vision without all of the extra discomfort. Prescription sunglasses can be made to fix all manner of refractive errors, including myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. AVOID RISK OF LIGHT SENSITIVITY

Wearing contacts constantly can cause all manner of eye sensitivities, including light sensitivity. If you wear your contacts for too long, you can develop keratitis, which causes inflammation of the cornea and can make you sensitive to light. Having prescription sunglasses that you can wear outside will prevent you from overusing your contact lenses during the summer months. You will be able to switch between your regular glasses and your sunglasses without a problem. EYE PROTECTION AGAINST UV RAYS

When you resort to contact lenses or regular glasses when the sun is at its strongest, you are exposing your eyes to harmful UV rays. As you would apply sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays, you have to do the same with your eyes. Prescription sunglasses protect against 100 percent of UV rays. Damage from UV rays can cause macular degeneration, cataracts, corneal sunburn, and even eyelid-skin cancer. The best sunglasses will help prevent all of this. MORE OPTIONS When you choose prescription sunglasses, you can customize them to your needs with options you would not have with regular sunglasses. You can choose scratch-resistant lenses, polarized lenses, photo-chromatic lenses, and polycarbonate lenses. Depending on what your normal wear looks like, you may really benefit from some of these additional features. REMOVES GLARE

When you wear regular glasses or contact lenses outside in the sun, glare can be an issue. With prescription sunglasses, especially those that come with polarized lenses, you can eliminate the glare. This is because they block horizontally travelling light rays which can reflect off of water, snow, and car hoods. When you remove glare from your vision, you will reduce eye irritation and eye strain. KEEP YOUR EYES SAFE IN THE SUN

At St. Albert Vision Centre, we can help you with all of your eye protection needs. We are dedicated to each one of our clients, and we can ensure you get a pair of glasses you can depend on. Contact us at St. Albert Vision Centre today to schedule your eye exam!

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