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UV Protection for your Eyes

Whilst this may be the worst summer owing to all this rain, when the sun does come out, we are quickly reminded that the sun’s rays are powerful. Or perhaps you’re heading off to sunnier climates, whatever you do, this is the perfect time to highlight the importance of UV protection and promote the benefits of wearing sunglasses. 


The Importance of UV Protection 

Exposure to UV rays can have serious consequences for eye health. Prolonged UV exposure can lead to various eye problems, including: 

  • Cataracts: A clouding of the eye’s lens, leading to blurred vision. 
  • Macular Degeneration: Damage to the retina, which can result in vision loss. 
  • Photokeratitis: Essentially a sunburn of the eye, causing pain and temporary vision loss. 
  • Pterygium: Growth on the eye’s surface that can obstruct vision. 

Given these risks, it’s crucial to protect our eyes just as we protect our skin. Sunglasses are not merely a fashion accessory; they are a vital tool in safeguarding our eye health. 


Choosing the Right Sunglasses 

When selecting sunglasses, it is important to consider several factors to ensure maximum protection and comfort. Here are some tips for choosing the right pair: 

  1. 100% UV Protection: Always check that the sunglasses block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. 
  1. Lens Quality: Opt for high quality lenses that provide clear, distortion free vision. 
  1. Fit and Comfort: Ensure the sunglasses fit well and are comfortable for prolonged wear. 
  1. Polarization: Polarized lenses reduce glare from reflective surfaces like water and roads, making them ideal for outdoor activities. 
  1. Style: Choose a style that not only looks good but also offers adequate coverage, such as wraparound frames, which provide additional protection.

Why we Love Maui Jim
When it comes to premium eyewear, Maui Jim stands out for its exceptional quality and advanced technology and that’s why we love them here at Optomeyes. Here’s why Maui Jim is the brand of choice for those serious about UV protection and eye health:


  • Superior UV Protection: Maui Jim sunglasses offer 100% UV protection, shielding your eyes from all harmful rays. 
  • PolarizedPlus2® Technology: This innovative technology not only cuts 99.9% of glare but also enhances colors and contrasts, providing a vivid and clear view. 
  • Durable and Lightweight: Crafted with high-quality materials, Maui Jim sunglasses are designed for durability and comfort, perfect for all-day wear. 
  • Variety of Styles: Whether you prefer sporty, casual, or sophisticated styles, Maui Jim has a wide range of options to suit your taste and lifestyle. 
  • Prescription Lenses: For those who need corrective lenses, Maui Jim offers prescription sunglasses that combine vision correction with superior sun protection. 

Tips for Maintaining Your Sunglasses 

To ensure your sunglasses last and continue to protect your eyes, follow these maintenance tips: 

  • Clean Regularly: Use a microfiber cloth and lens cleaner to keep your lenses clear and scratch-free. 
  • Store Properly: Keep your sunglasses in a protective case when not in use to avoid damage. 
  • Handle with Care: Avoid placing your sunglasses lens-side down and handle them gently to prevent scratches and misalignment. 

Let’s not forget the importance of protecting our eyes from harmful UV rays. Investing in a quality pair of sunglasses, like those from Maui Jim, is a smart and stylish way to safeguard your vision. With the right sunglasses, you can enjoy all your summer activities while keeping your eyes healthy and safe. Your eyes will thank you! 


If you are in need of new prescription sunglasses, don’t hesitate to drop by for an examination or chat.  Click HERE to get in touch!