The association between too much sun and eye problems is clear. Not wearing protective eye wear in the sun can lead to cataracts, retina damage, and even Macular Degeneration. Sunglasses can be a fun fashion statement for anyone, but for those who wear corrective lenses, it can get expensive. You need your normal prescription glasses and some form of protection from the sun. This could be a separate frame containing protective lenses, clip-on, wraparounds, or transitions.
Prescription sunglasses seem like the easiest option with the added bonus of an “outdoor look”. You just put them on when you go outside and take them off when you come inside. Pretty basic and you can always opt for an inexpensive frame to offset the cost of the additional pair. Considering that you would have to buy an additional frame, tinted prescription lenses, and cost of not keeping up with them it can get pricey. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, this is an easy option though. You can get a pair of frames large enough to really protect your eyes without sacrificing the style you typically choose for a regular frame.
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Transitions are great if you are going in and out a lot. If you don’t want to worry about leaving your sunglasses somewhere or always have your hands full this is great. They don’t tint in the car due to the UV shielding of the windows, but there are new transitions that are bridging that gap. With transitions, you won’t get the same coverage unless you like larger frames. Transitions aren’t great for water activities because of the glare from the water and the lenses can be expensive. The additional expense of the lenses in a pair of transition glasses could be less than a pair of sunglasses, however.
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Eye wear accessories are great if you don’t want to commit to a second pair of glasses or a more expensive lens. These have many of the same drawbacks as sunglasses, but they are less expensive and versatile.
- Clip-on- It can be frustrating to find a clip-on that fits your frame. They are small and very easy to misplace or break. There is no additional protection in the form of the coverage area.
- Wraparounds- This is a great option for many people. It can be frustrating to find the right size for wraparounds, but they will be as protective as a pair of sunglasses. They can also be accessories because of the number of styles you can buy. The same drawback as the clip-on and sunglasses, but you can get a pair for around thirty dollars. Wraparounds are basically sunglasses for your glasses.