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Sun Protective Lenses

Discover our range of sunglasses for UV protection

Wearing UV protection glasses is very important, as UV light can be harmful to your vision and overall eye health. You already know how to protect your skin from the sun, and you should do the same for your eyes. Sun protection lenses are a crucial part of maintaining healthy vision, as overexposure to UV light can lead to an increased risk of eye disease, such as cataracts.(1)

Wearing UV protection glasses can help to protect your eyes, especially in intense sunlight conditions. You can achieve this by wearing sunglasses for UV protection, or by making sure your corrective lenses have the right UV coating, for times when you do not have your sunglasses to hand.

What are the best sunglasses for UV protection?

The best sunglasses to protect your eyes can depend on your lifestyle and individual needs. You can choose from a range of UV protection glasses, including polarised lenses or regular tinted sunglasses.

Polarised lenses can help to provide enhanced colour perception and reduce glare for those who take part in sport or drive frequently. They can provide a high level of UV protection for those who live an on-the-go lifestyle or like to spend a lot of time out in the garden. Of course, you can also choose to wear regular tinted sunglasses but it’s important to make sure they also block UV rays and offer 100% UV protection.

How can you protect your eyes from the sun?

One of the easiest ways to protect your eyes from the sun is to avoid going out when the sun is at its strongest. It can be helpful to check the UV forecast for your area. If this isn’t feasible, making sure you’re wearing sun protection lenses and a wide-brimmed hat is the next best thing.

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Do clear lenses have UV protection?

Sunglasses are the best solution for protecting your vision and eye health against UV light, particularly polarised lenses. It is also possible to invest in UV protection for clear lenses. At Essilor we have a technology known as Eye Protect System, which allows you to benefit from UV protection within your clear corrective lenses, for optimal protection.

This achieves UV protection glasses that are able to support your visual health by absorbing UV light before it reaches your eyes. It does this while maintaining an aesthetically clear lens. UV protection for clear lenses offers front and back protection to make sure that no harmful light reaches your eyes. Eye Protect System will absorb the UV light and partially filters Blue-Violet which has been recently identified as one of the factors recently that can cause damage to retinal cells.(2)

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You can also choose lenses with light intelligent technology. Transitions lenses deliver UV protection and automatically adapt to changing light conditions for optimal visual comfort and style, perfect for those times when you’re going in and out.

Which is more harmful to your eyes; UVA or UVB?

The term ‘UV light’ can sometimes refer to three different categories of UV radiation: UVC, UVB and UVA rays. Understanding the difference can help you to invest in the right sun protection lenses.

UVC rays are the most harmful type of UV to both your eyes and skin, but the atmosphere blocks them. UVB rays are the ones that can create a suntan, or sunburn if you aren’t careful. UVB rays are associated with skin cancer, premature ageing of the skin and some eye problems such as photokeratitis.

UVA rays are the ones that can pass through your cornea and reach your lens and retina. It is overexposure to UVA rays that can cause certain eye diseases including cataracts.

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(1) Cataract:, McCarty CA, Taylor HR. A review of the epidemiologic evidence linking ultraviolet radiation and cataracts. Dev Ophthalmol. 2002; 35:21-31(2) Sunlight and the 10-year incidence of age-related maculopathy: The Beaver Dam Eye Study. Arch. Ophthalmol., 122, 750-757.New discoveries and therapies in retinal phototoxicity, Serge Picaud et Emilie Arnault, Points de Vue N°68, Spring 2013.