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It is that time of year finally.  It seems like Winter dragged on forever but we finally have some sun which usually brings the question of where are my sunglasses?  Sunglasses are not just for the Summertime though as they can be used year round to help protect your eyes from the sun and glare.  It can be especially bright on a sunny day when there is snow and ice on the ground as the light will reflect and can be quite intense.

Now there are a couple options people have when picking out sunglasses whether it be prescription or non-prescription sunglasses.  One option is when the lens is tinted a specific color (gray, brown, blue, pink, etc.) and it is fully tinted or it has a gradient tint which starts darker on top and fades to less tint on the bottom of the lens.  These are what you find in most department stores.  They do not have any special coating and they may not even have UV protection.  If you are shopping in a department store and you want to know if there is UV protection then there should be a sticker on the lens or the frame that states the UV protection.  If there is no sticker, then it probably does not have any UV protection.

Another option which is the best option is having lenses that are polarized.  Polarized lenses have the dark color (gray, brown, etc.) but also give you 100% UV protection and also will cut down on glare.  The specific type of light it cuts down on is horizontal light.  This is the type of light you get that reflects off your dashboard in your vehicle.  You can also add an anti-reflective or anti-glare coating on the backside of the lenses and this can cut the glare that comes from behind you.  This way you can get the maximum benefit of UV protection and clarity with your sunglasses.

If you have not had a comprehensive eye exam or if you have recently and need to fill your prescription for sunglasses, please call (860) 233-2020 and you can either schedule an appointment today or talk to the Opticians about getting Polarized sunglasses

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