Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory; they’re essential for protecting the health of your eyes.

Sunglasses block harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays which can damage your eyes and increase your risk of developing eye diseases.

UV rays can damage your eyes in several ways.

  1. They can cause photokeratitis, also known as “snow blindness,” which is a temporary but painful condition.
  2. They can lead to a pterygium on your eye – this is a growth on the white of the eye.
  3. Long term exposure can increase your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration, two leading causes of vision loss.
Six advantages of prescription sunnies

Prescription sunnies are so much more than another set of lenses and a frame,

1. Crisp and clear vision in the outdoors.

If you spend any amount of time outside and want to have crystal clear vision, prescription sunglasses are the way to go.

Prescription sunglasses are custom-made for you and can provide better vision than contacts with non-prescription sunglasses.

2. No more glare.

Glare can be problematic for anyone who is spending time outside.

If your prescription sunnies are also polarised this can significantly reduce glare – and not just from the water.

3. Customisation

Order prescription sunglasses and you can have the tint and colour chosen specifically for your preferences.

Lens colours range from gray to rose to yellow!
4. UV protection.

We always use sunblock to protect our skin from UV rays, but those rays can also impact your eyes.

Prescription sunglasses can block the sun’s UV rays, protecting your eyes from their damaging effects.

5. Choice of lenses.

When your prescription sunglasses are fabricated to your unique specifications, you have options when it comes to the type of materials and treatments used on the lens.

This includes scratch-resistant lenses, polycarbonate lenses, polarised lenses, and photochromatic lenses.

6. Convenience

Instead of wearing your regular prescription glasses and another pair of sunglasses over them, you will have the convenience of wearing one set of glasses only.

And you can enjoy a fashionable pair of sunnies!

How to choose a good pair of sunglasses

It’s important to make sure they block both UVA and UVB rays.

Australian Standards

Any sunglasses sold in Australia must meet certain standards to be considered safe. These standards are set by the Australian Standards Association. The standards for sunglasses include:

  • UV protection: Sunglasses must block at least 95% of UVA and UVB rays.
  • Optical quality: Sunglasses must not distort your vision.
  • Impact resistance: Sunglasses must be able to withstand an impact from a small object.

There are 4 categories:

0          No UV protection

1          Low level of UV protection

2          Medium level of UV protection

3          High level of UV protection

4          Very high level of UV protection

To get maximum protection for your eyes, look at choosing sunglasses that have a category 2 or 3 lens.

Using your health fund optical extras insurance for prescription sunglasses

Your optical extras insurance can help cover the cost of sunglasses, make sure you use it before the extras run out on December 31.