Pro­tect your eyes from sum­mer sun

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You owe it to your eyes. It is es­sen­tial for ev­ery­one to pro­tect their eyes from the ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion (UV) no mat­ter what age. The cu­mu­la­tive na­ture of UV ra­di­a­tion can be harm­ful and af­fect the front of the eye in­clud­ing the eye­lids and cornea as well as the eye’s own lens and retina. Ex­po­sure to UV ra­di­a­tion is closely linked with corneal sun­burn, ptery­gium, forms of eye cancer and cataract. Chil­dren’s eyes are vul­ner­a­ble to a higher trans­mit­tance of UV ra­di­a­tion be­cause the lenses in their eyes are clearer.

Most peo­ple agree that sight is the sense they rely on most. In ad­di­tion to slip, slop and slap, in­clude sun­glasses and take care of your eyes. Ul­tra­vi­o­let in­ten­si­ties in the New Zealand sum­mer are ex­treme on the in­ter­na­tional UV In­dex scale. A crit­i­cal time for po­ten­tial dam­age is when the sun is low, oc­cur­ring early and later in the day as the UV rays hit the eye at an an­gle. Much of sun dam­age is through scat­tered light, from clouds and light that is re­flected from sur­faces such as build­ings, con­crete, the ocean, sand and car bon­nets.

Sun­glass frames that are close fit­ting and wrap around pro­vide more cov­er­age than an op­ti­cal frame de­liv­er­ing greater UV pro­tec­tion. Call in to Visique Nay­lor Palmer and Eye Spy to dis­cuss which so­lu­tion suits your life­style. Whether you spend time on the road, out­doors at work, a golfer or keen cy­clist, pre­scrip­tion lenses can be fit­ted to your sun­glass frame pro­vid­ing more com­fort­able and op­ti­mum vi­sion.

Dig­i­tal sur­fac­ing tech­nol­ogy has al­lowed pre­scrip­tion lenses to be made in wrap around sun­glass frames with­out com­pro­mis­ing op­ti­cal per­for­mance which oc­curred in the past. Sun­glasses can be read­ily made in pre­scrip- tion sin­gle vi­sion and mul­ti­fo­cal/ pro­gres­sive lenses with high pre­scrip­tions. Many are in­dis­tin­guish­able from high fash­ion or sports sun­glasses. Visique Op­tometrist, Brian Nay­lor of­ten hears how thrilled pa­tients are when col­lect­ing their spe­cialised sun­glasses stat­ing they wished they had those years ago.

Visique Nay­lor Palmer and Eye Spy Op­tometrists use global lead­ing tech­nolo­gies in lenses. Our eyes are faced with three chal­lenges on a daily ba­sis; UV rays, glare and eye fa­tigue. To­day we have more op­tions than ever be­fore to pre­scribe and cus­tomise your so­lu­tion.

Po­larised lenses block blind­ing glare, bring­ing more colour and clar­ity whilst high­light­ing depth and di­men­sion. Var­i­ous coloured lens tints per­form bet­ter in dif­fer­ent light con­di­tions. Cop­per or brown lenses are par­tic­u­larly use- ful in im­prov­ing con­trast on grass and against blue skies be­ing pop­u­lar among golfers. Tran­si­tion lenses adapt to the light con­di­tions – from bril­liant blue skies to over­cast con­di­tions. By block­ing 100 per cent of UV ra­di­a­tion and re­duc­ing glare, tran­si­tion lenses al­low your eyes to stay re­laxed and com­fort­able all day long.

Through wear­ing UV coated lenses, you are not only pro­tect­ing your eyes but also the ar­eas around your eyes where you may not be able to ap­ply sun­screen. Crizal coated lenses pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive UV pro­tec­tion and are ap­proved by the Cancer So­ci­ety of New Zealand. Crizal coated lenses are unique as they pro­tect against UV rays re­flected from the back of a lens.

Many sun­glasses sold in New Zealand fall short of the rec­om­mended UV pro­tec­tion stan­dards. When shop­ping for sun­glasses you need to know what you are look­ing for. It’s worth spend­ing a bit of time, mak­ing sure that you’re get­ting qual­ity. For the lat­est trends and best ad­vice visit Visique Op­tometrists.

It is vi­tal to pro­tect your eyes from the harm­ful ef­fects of the sun.

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