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Choosing the Right Prescription Sunglasses

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun this Summer with our Osprey Optometrist 

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Prescription sunglasses give you clarity of vision and protection from the sun in one package. Therefore, if you need corrective lenses, they're the logical choice for summer outdoor eyewear. 

Choosing Prescription Sunglasses 

The most obvious choice is in  the frames. Getting a good-looking pair of glasses requires combining your personality, your tastes, and your face shape to narrow your selections. Online face shape charts help with choosing the right frame shape, but the first two are more subjective. Generally, your tastes should be a high priority since they naturally reflect your personality. Use it to guide your choice of frame material and color. Our licensed optician can also offer suggestions. 

Choosing the Best Lens Options 

This is a factor many people don't think about until they're asked about it by their optician. Here is some information to help you prepare for this question: 

  • Lens material  – Most glasses are made with a standard type of plastic that is lightweight, but not as scratch-resistant as it could be. If you're rough on your glasses, ask about polycarbonate. This type of plastic is tougher for impact resistance but should be coated to prevent scratches. 
  • Single vision vs. bifocals, trifocals, or progressive lenses. If you only need vision correction at one distance, then single vision lenses are for you. The decision comes in if you need correction at two or more distances. Then, choose bifocals or trifocals if you don't mind visible lines and focal "jumps" as you look through different parts of the lenses. If you do mind, consider progressives. They're line-free and have no jumps, but they may require a short adjustment period if you aren't used to them. 
  • Coatings  - There are several possible coatings to choose from. These include anti-scratch, anti-glare, and blue light blocking. Which ones are best for you depends on the activities you like to do on a day to day basis. 

Get In Touch With Our Local Eye Doctor Today 

To get a fresh eye exam and prescription from our optometrist, and get sunglasses that look great on you, just make an appointment with us here at Family Eye Care & Vision Therapy in Osprey, FL. 

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