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The Ultimate Spectacle Wearer’s Guide To Summer

With the arrival of June and everything crossed that we’re going to have some cracking weather, it’s time to get your summer eyewear sorted. The importance of sunwear is often overlooked, but there is more to it than just looking good! From filtering harmful UV rays to reducing glare and eye strain, a decent pair of sun-protecting eyewear is a must have.

Here is our guide to the options available to you:

Polarised Prescription Sunglasses

My personal favourite, polarised sunglasses are the best all-rounder when it comes to sun wear. Our premium polarised lenses block 100% harmful UV-A and UV-B rays, while helping to block blinding glare and enhance visual acuity, as well as offering improved colour contrast and visual comfort.

Polarised lenses are available for most prescriptions and lens types, including single vision and varifocals. All of our premium polarised lenses include a reflection-free back surface treatment and scratch resistant front surface - guaranteed for 2-years!

Lutina Prescription Sunglasses

Lutina tinted lenses offer the ultimate in sun protection, and are the ideal choice for those with Age-related Macula Degeneration or at increased risk from UV-related eye disease and carcinoma. Lutina is a unique lens material supplied exclusively by Tokai Optical that has the ability to absorb higher energy UV light than standard sun lenses, with protection up to 420nm (most sunglasses stop at 380nm).

Don’t like wearing tinted lenses? No problem, as Lutina is also available as a clear lens. The other benefit of Lutina is protection from Blue Light. Not sure what that is? Read our blog explaining all about blue light here.

Transitions Light-Intelligent Lenses

For those spectacle wearers looking for a more convenient option to protecting their eyes we have Transitions. Transitions is a family of premium, light-intelligent lenses that automatically adapt and darken when exposed to UV light. This unique property allows for one pair of glasses for all conditions, including driving at night.

Transitions are available in a wide range of prescriptions and lens types, including single vision and varifocals. There are various Transitions technologies available depending on your preference, including:

Signature: Best everyday solution, Signature is the fastest and most responsive lens.

XTRActive: Best for in-car and extra dark performance.

Transitions Mirror: The newest Transitions technology, Mirrors are great for those looking to make a style statement (coming soon).

Transitions Style Colour: Using Signature technology but with four new, more stylish colours; Emerald, Sapphire, Amethyst and Amber.

Clip-On Sunglasses

A lot of people cringe at the very mention of clip-on sunglasses, but they are a low cost option for those looking for sun protection on a budget. Concerned about a clip-on ruining your street cred? Then pop in and check out our ECO range. Many are available with matching magnetic sun clips that are so good most people would never realise you weren’t just wearing sunglasses. As an added bonus they are polarised and filter 100% UV A and B.


As you can see, there are many options available when it comes to protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. If you don’t already have some form of sun protection then ask your optician for more information. We would be delighted to see you ourselves, so pop in and see Liz or myself and we can talk your through all the options and show you different samples of everything that’s available.