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Good Sunglasses: A Health Necessity, A Fashion Must!

Your eyesight is your most precious sense and so deserves the best possible care. That’s why it’s important to protect your eyes against glare and ultraviolet light by wearing good quality sunglasses.

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Not all sunglasses are the same. For maximum performance you should choose a pair with optical quality lenses. Not only will they shade your eyes against harsh sunlight, they’ll also protect you from the hidden risk of ultraviolet rays.

Over-exposure to UV light can damage your eyes as well as your skin. It may affect the lens inside your eye, leading to cataracts, and may prematurely age your retina. Both these conditions can cause significantly reduced vision in later life.

It is particularly important to protect young eyes against the harmful effects of UV light as children are more susceptible to visual damage. Fortunately optical quality sunglasses from Specs Network opticians offer excellent protection against the UV risk. Wrap-around frames are often recommended because they reduce the amount of light reaching the eye.

When choosing sunglasses, it’s important to consider what they will be used for – different conditions and lifestyles call for different types of lens and frame. For example, if you play sports you can obtain sunglasses specifically designed for sailing, skiing, golf, tennis, cycling and fishing. There are also sunglass lenses that are better for driving because they cut out reflected road glare.

Prescription sunglasses are available with single vision, bifocal or varifocal lenses. They can also be made with photochromic lenses which have a light tint indoors yet darken in sunlight.

No matter what your sunglasses requirements, your Specs Network optician will be able to help you. Find your nearest SPECS network optician.

Sun and UV Protection

Protecting your eyes from blue and ultraviolet (UV) light all year round is important. There are three types of ultraviolet radiation (UVR): A, B and C. UVC is generally blocked by the earth’s atmosphere, however, 90 per cent of UVA and UVB reaches us.

Wearing sunglasses and a broad brimmed hat or cap helps to protect your eyes – and when choosing sunglasses, always buy from a reputable seller. Make sure your and your kids’ sunnies carry a European CE mark or British Standard BSEN 1836:2005 to ensure good quality lenses.

Lenses with insufficient UV protection can actually be more harmful than not wearing sunglasses at all. Around 80 per cent of damage from UV and blue light occurs before the age of 18, so it’s important children also wear hats and sunglasses. And don’t forget to protect your eyes with safety specs when you’re gardening or carrying out DIY or setting off fireworks!

Self-tinting Lenses

Have you considered self-tinting lenses in your next sunglasses? These lenses (sometimes called transition or photochromic lenses) darken in bright sunlight and lighten in softer light or the dark.

Self-tinting lenses offer many advantages:

Good value – You don’t have to buy separate pairs of prescription sunglasses and normal glasses.

Convenient – Self-tinting lenses save you from having to carry around two pairs of glasses and needing to switch between them all the time.

Harder to lose – Having to carry around two pairs of glasses means you’re more likely to lose one of them. 


Many SPECS network opticians offer SEIKO SENSITY lenses. These are excellent self-tinting lenses that adapt to your surroundings quickly and reliably. That helps protect your eyes from being overexposed to light, whether you are indoors or outdoors. SEIKO SENSITY lenses combine hi-tech photochromic technology with seamless design, helping you to see comfortably from the moment the sun comes up.

SEIKO SENSITY lenses won’t leave you in the dark for long. Within 30 seconds, they darken to create a stunning sun lens tint. And after only 60 seconds, you can see clearly again with up to 23% lighter vision.


SEIKO SENSITY lenses come in three colours so you can choose a tint that suits your style and needs – classic grey, warm brown or eye-catching green. All three varieties give you the best results when it comes to glare reduction, contrast retention, and colour experience. On top of that, they provide protection against harmful UV rays.

Find out more about SEIKO SENSITY lenses here or ask your SPECS network optician.

SEIKO SENSITY self-tinting lenses are available in three stylish colours