Sunglasses Edit: Not all UV protection is the same

Now that spring has sprung and patio season has begun, sunglasses have become an everyday essential once again. With all the products and information out there, it’s important to know what’s what. With our Sunglasses Edit, we hope to answer any and all of your questions about sunglasses. If you have any sunglass inquiries or questions, please contact us on Instagram, Facebook, or via email.

Over the years, we have become increasingly aware of how harmful UVA and UVB rays can be to our skin, but what about our eyes?

UVA and UVB radiation can be especially harmful to your eyes and the skin surrounding them. Excessive exposure can lead to a higher risk of eye diseases (such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and snow blindness), increase the risk of skin cancer, and accelerate aging (yes, wrinkles ladies and gentlemen).

So what can we do to defend against harmful radiation and keep our eyes happy and healthy? (And look fabulous, obviously)


Etnia Sunglasses

Dani in Etnia

Nowadays, you can find cool sunnies just about anywhere and, while they may look stunning, not all sunglasses are made with the same sun protection.

Unless your sun glass lenses have UVA and UVB 400 protection they could be causing more harm than good. When the eye is shaded behind a tinted lens, the pupil becomes dilated therefore allowing more light and UV rays to hit the pupil.

Since we’re exposed to UV radiation 365 days a year, it is important to invest in the highest quality protection for our eyes. For the best defense against harmful UV rays, look for sunglasses with UV 400 or higher. This means 99.9% of harmful UVA and UVB rays are blocked.

Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

Sophie in Marc Jacobs

Your eye health is top priority, but looking and feeling great in you sunglasses is equally important! At Oak Bay Optometry we off a wide selection of men’s and women’s non-prescription sunglasses with UV 400 protection. We can have custom prescription and polarized lenses made for just about any frame in the store. Try personalizing your sunglasses further with stylistic mirrors and fashion tints.

Come by Oak Bay Optometry today to speak with an eyewear professional about finding the perfect sunglasses with optimal protection!


P.s. We offer 20% off non-prescription sunglasses with a contact lens purchase*

*some restrictions apply