Summer Is Here: Protect Your Eyes!

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Summer Is Here: Protect Your Eyes!

Summer is here, and it's time to think about protecting our eyes from the sun's harmful rays. Wearing sunglasses is a great way to keep your eyes safe, but for those who are tired of constantly wearing spectacles, contact lenses might be a better option. At Eye Emporium and Open Eye, we offer a wide range of sunglasses and contact lenses suitable for everyone. In this article, we'll explain the reasons why you should always protect your eyes from the sun and the benefits of wearing sunglasses and contact lenses during the summer.

Protect Your Eyes in the Summer

The summer months can be tough on our eyes, with increased exposure to UV rays and blue light from the sun. Here are some of the reasons why you should always protect your eyes from the sun:

  • Cataracts are a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which can cause blurry vision and can eventually lead to blindness. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to UV radiation can increase the risk of developing cataracts

  • Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the central part of the retina, which is responsible for our central vision. UV radiation can damage the cells in the retina and increase the risk of developing macular degeneration

  • Pterygium is a growth of tissue on the white of the eye that can eventually grow over the cornea and cause vision problems. UV radiation is a common cause of pterygium

  • Skin cancer around the eyes: the skin around our eyes is particularly sensitive to UV radiation, and prolonged exposure can increase the risk of developing skin cancer

  • Photokeratitis is a painful condition that occurs when the cornea becomes inflamed due to overexposure to UV radiation. It's commonly known as "sunburn of the eye" and can cause symptoms like redness, swelling, and sensitivity to light

One of the best ways to protect your eyes is by wearing sunglasses. Look for sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection and consider investing in a polarized pair for extra protection. At Eye Emporium, we offer a large range of women's sunglasses and men's sunglasses available online or in our stores, which are perfect to protect your eyes.

Switch to Contact Lenses for a Hassle-Free Summer

If you are tired of wearing spectacles, contact lenses are a great alternative, especially during the summer months.

Wearing contact lenses during the summer offers a range of benefits, making them an excellent choice for those seeking enhanced vision and convenience. One significant advantage is the improved peripheral vision they provide, particularly advantageous for outdoor activities such as sports. Unlike glasses, contact lenses sit directly on the eye, allowing for a wider field of view and uninterrupted focus on the surroundings. This is especially beneficial when participating in fast-paced or dynamic sports, as it enables better spatial awareness and reaction times.

Another notable benefit of contact lenses during the summer is the freedom to wear sunglasses without the need for a prescription. With contact lenses, you can easily wear non-prescription sunglasses of your choice, allowing you to embrace different styles and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays simultaneously. This opens up a world of fashionable options, as you no longer have to worry about finding sunglasses that fit over your regular glasses or compromising your style for the sake of vision correction.

Furthermore, contact lenses are a preferred option for individuals with allergies or sensitive skin. Unlike glasses that rest on the nose and ears, which can cause discomfort and irritation, contact lenses eliminate this issue. People who experience seasonal allergies or have sensitive facial skin can enjoy the freedom of wearing contact lenses without the added discomfort or aggravation caused by glasses. This makes contact lenses a comfortable and practical choice for those seeking a hassle-free summer experience.

Here are a few of the most common types of contact lenses:

  • Daily disposable lenses: these lenses are designed to be worn for one day and then discarded. They're a convenient option for people who don't want to worry about cleaning and storing their lenses

  • Monthly or bi-weekly lenses: these lenses are designed to be worn for a longer period of time before they need to be replaced. They require daily cleaning and storage in between uses

  • Toric lenses: toric lenses are designed to correct astigmatism, a condition where the cornea is irregularly shaped, causing blurry or distorted vision

  • Multifocal lenses: multifocal lenses are designed to correct presbyopia, a condition where the lens of the eye becomes less flexible with age, causing difficulty seeing at close distances

Book an Appointment to assess your eye health

Booking an appointment with an optician is the best way to find the most suitable solution for your vision needs. Whether you're interested in trying contact lenses for the first time, or simply looking for a new pair of sunglasses, our opticians can help. During your appointment, the optician will perform a thorough eye exam to determine your prescription and assess your overall eye health. They'll also take the time to understand your lifestyle and individual needs to recommend the best options for you.

At Eye Emporium and Open Eye, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of high-quality lenses and eyewear from top brands in the industry. We also offer personalised advice and support to ensure that you're completely satisfied with your new lenses. So if you're looking to upgrade your eyewear this summer, we encourage you to book an appointment or contact your nearest branch. Our very knowledgeable and friendly opticians are always here to help you find the perfect solution for your vision needs.


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