Everyone’s eyes are different, which is exactly why no two pairs of glasses are the same. Similarly, no two lives are the same. That’s why we offer specialized eyewear and solutions to suit a variety of lifestyles. From sunglasses to safety glasses, from everyday living to your life’s work, we offer eyewear to suit your life.
Damage from long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays cannot be repaired. That’s why sunglasses for adults and children are critical. The key is to choose sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation, and screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light. Many sunglasses will appear to offer UV protection, but it’s typically UV-A or UV-B – not both. Opt for large, wrap-around lenses free of distortion and imperfection, preferably in gray, which is best for color recognition.
Many prescription eyeglasses block UV rays – consult your optician to ensure the ones you select do. But if you’re a contact lens wearer, you’ll need sunglasses to pick up the slack, as the lenses don’t cover the entire eye. Other options, such as photochromics that adjust to the light, polarized lenses that reduce glare and polycarbonates for protection from impact, don’t necessarily provide the maximum protection you need from UV rays. Be sure you choose ones that do. Another often overlooked tip: No matter what the season or the weather, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Photochromic lenses, such as Transitions®, are clear when you’re indoors and get darker as you move outdoors. They provide protection from UV rays, reduce glare and help maintain clarity. Beyond their use by adults and children alike, photochromic lenses also help patients with low vision. Not all photochromic lenses offer the recommended UV protection, so be sure to ask.
One concern with these types of lenses is their inability to darken enough inside of your car. This is because the windshield blocks UV rays, which cause the lenses to darken. In response, photochromic sunglasses have a mild tint to offer the UV ray protection you need.
More than 2,000 eye injuries occur each day. In particular, an estimated 1,000 eye injuries take place in American workplaces alone. Many jobs have a moderate to high risk of eye injury from chemicals, infectious diseases and foreign objects, as well as from cuts or scrapes on the cornea. On the ball field, the risk for eye damage is high, too. And while risk may seem low at home, DIYers beware – you can hurt your eyes performing yard work or simply drilling a hole.
At EyeFit, we offer protective eyewear (prescription and non-prescription) that doesn’t require you sacrifice style or comfort. Erase those images of bulky safety glasses or tight head straps. Our modern protective eyewear keeps eyes safe without affecting your performance, no matter where you are.
Popular with boaters and fishermen, polarized lenses reduce glare and improve comfort and visibility. But unless they're specifically treated with a UV coating, they don't offer UV protection. Don’t forget to ask about the specifics on this type of eyewear.
Another caution: polarized lenses may make it harder to see a liquid crystal display (LCD) and are not the eyewear of choice for pilots or skiers, who need to be able to distinguish an icy patch from a snow-covered mountain.
Polarized sunglasses can also be worn indoors by people with sensitivity to light, or after cataract surgery.
Anti-reflective coating (AR coating) improves your vision by reflecting light from the front and back surface of the eyeglass lenses. Also known as anti-glare, AR coatings allow 99.5 percent of available light to pass through lenses, providing sharper vision without glare at night and more comfort when working at a computer. AR coatings can also be applied to the back surface of sunglass lenses to prevent glare when the sun is behind you. Another benefit: without reflections in your lenses, people can see you more clearly.