Protecting the eyes and the delicate skin that surrounds them is important to avoid dangerous skin cancers and eye problems. An easy, inexpensive and stylish way to shield them from sun damage is to wear quality sunglasses.
In the past, eyeglasses wearers had to rely on makeshift ways to protect their eyes with sunglasses while also correcting their vision with eyeglasses. Fortunately, polarized prescription sunglasses make it easy to keep your eyes safe and your vision clear.
HOW SUN EXPOSURE
AFFECTS YOUR EYES
Sunlight has several health benefits, like boosting your bone health and immune system1. Spending time outside during daylight hours can also reduce a child’s risk of developing myopia, a common vision issue among children.
But with these benefits come risks, as too much unprotected sun exposure can be dangerous. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can damage the skin and have serious effects on the eyes as well.
Short-term sun exposure can lead to temporary vision loss or blind spots, known as solar retinopathy2. Consistent UV exposure over time has been linked to cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and skin cancer.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the eyelid region is one of the most susceptible areas for developing skin cancers. This can be avoided by wearing polarized prescription sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of harmful UVA and UVB rays3.
Polarized prescription sunglasses combine the benefits of UV protection with your prescription. This especially comes in handy when performing outdoor activities.
Wearing sunglasses outside not only protects your vision, but it also improves your ability to see in bright conditions. The sun’s rays are magnified in environments with a reflective surface, like on or near water, or around snow. This reflection exposes your eyes to a level of glare that can be distracting and may even blind you momentarily.
Polarized sunglass lenses can be prescription or non-prescription, and reduce glare and block UV rays so you can stay focused on performing your best. Polarized lenses also add a level of safety when driving, as they reduce glare caused by light reflecting off the road. Wearing polarized sunglasses allows you to see more clearly and travel more safely4.
LensCrafters’ polarized lenses come in an array of frames from brands like Ray-Ban® and Oakley®. These specially designed performance sunglasses are customized to your lens prescription, giving you clear vision when doing the activities you love.
Different lenses have specific features — like lens color and material — that make them better suited for certain sports and activities. Make the most of your outdoor experience by customizing your performance lenses with the features that fit your lifestyle needs.
LensCrafters offers popular brands with their own unique lens benefits, including:
OAKLEY PRIZM™ LENSES
- Brighten vivid colors
- Define contrasts
- Highlight environmental features
- Enhance detail
- Reveal what the naked eye may not see
ORAY-BAN® CHROMANCE® LENSES
- Increase color intensity and recognition
- Enhance contrast
- Sharpen your visual field to optimize vision
- Improve visual acuity to see more clearly
Different lens tints can help improve your performance by giving you an extra edge during competition. The best color for your lenses depends on your preferred sport. Here are some different lens tint options and the activities they benefit most:
Gray lenses are a great option for general use5. The neutral color of the lens allows you to see colors in their truest form as compared to other lens colors. Gray lenses are handy in bright and overcast conditions, which makes them a go-to for driving as well as outdoor activities and water sports6.
Brown and amber lenses aren’t as effective at blocking bright sunlight as gray lenses, but they make up for it with their ability to increase color contrast and depth perception5. These lenses are great in any environment, and they especially excel when you’re on the water or putting green. Activities that benefit from brown and amber lenses include driving, biking, water sports and golf6.
You get the best of both worlds with green lenses. They provide better color contrast than gray lenses, and better color accuracy than brown lenses. Green lenses can be worn in bright or cloudy conditions and are great for cycling, skiing, tennis, volleyball or just general use6.
Besides being trendy, blue and violet lenses offer several benefits for your vision. The lenses can increase color contrast and enhance contours around objects. They also help reduce glare in snowy, foggy or misty conditions. You may want to consider blue or violet lenses for skiing, golfing and water sports5.
When gray and brown lenses are a little too dark for low-light environments, yellow lenses can save the day. While they’re not the preferred color for bright, sunny conditions, yellow lenses help brighten things up when your environment is hazy, cloudy or dim. Yellow lenses work best for activities like skiing, mountain biking, aviation, hunting, target shooting and gaming6.
Red or pink lenses work best in low-light or low-visibility situations commonly experienced in snow sports5. They work by enhancing visual depth and differentiating between similar colors like the soft grays on ski slopes. Snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding can benefit from red or pink lenses, as can driving in low visibility conditions6.
- What are the benefits of sunlight? Good Rx Health. May 2022.
- What causes temporary blindness or blind spots?All About Vision. November 2021.
- Focus on eyelid skin cancers: Early detection and treatment. Skin Cancer Foundation. September 2018.
- What are polarized lenses for? American Academy of Ophthalmology. June 2022.
- Sunglass lens color guide. ReadingGlasses.com. August 2022.
- Sunglass lens color guide. VSP Vision Care. Accessed February 2023.
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