Eye Health: The Importance of Protecting Your Eyes

UV PROTECTION


UV rays can lead to serious health issues including sunburn of the eyes, cataracts, macular degeneration and cancer.

All Maui Jim lenses block 100% of all harmful UV rays, protecting your eyes from damage and long-term health risks. Sunglasses that do not provide UV protection can actually cause more damage because they shade the eye, allowing for more UV rays to hit the pupil.

 

SKIN CANCER


5% to 10% of skin cancer occurs around the eyes. Always wear quality, protective sunglasses when outdoors—even on overcast days.

Our sunglasses have earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin. The frames also play a role, so larger frames and wrap styles should be considered for outdoor activities.

 

EYE COMFORT & GLARE


The sun’s brightness and glare interferes with comfortable vision and the ability to see clearly, causes squinting, and your eyes to water. Eyestrain can also lead to headaches.

All Maui Jim sunglasses are polarised and therefore eliminate 99.9% of glare. This also reduces the impact of the sun’s brightness and allows your eyes to stay relaxed. Without the need to squint and strain, you can avoid eye fatigue, excessive wrinkling around the eyes, and even headaches.

 

DARK ADAPTATION

Intense sunlight can hamper the eyes’ ability to adapt quickly to lower light levels. Think about when you’re outside in bright light and not wearing sunglasses, then go indoors where the light is much dimmer; you see spots for a while until your eyes adjust.

By shielding your eyes from intense sunlight with our lenses, your eyes have a chance to gain faster adaptations when going from one extreme light condition to the next.

 

BLUE LIGHT PROTECTION


High-Energy Visible Radiation (HEV), also known as blue light, has lower energy rays than UV. However, recent research suggests they can penetrate the eye, and this has been associated with AMD (age-related macular degeneration).

Our patented PolarizedPlus2® lens technology reduces HEV without removing the beautiful visible blues colours from the world around you.

Source: Maui Jim Eye Health (https://www.mauijim.com/GB/en_GB/eyehealth)


Sale Now On!

Half price frame and sunglass sale now on.

Grab a bargain, designer brands included.

(All spectacle frames half price when purchased with lenses.)

Sale will end on 31st October.


National Sunglasses Day – Wednesday 27th June

Protect your eyes from harmful UV light with sunglasses. Ensure full UV protection with good  quality lenses.

Maui Jim sunglasses offer the greatest level of protection, and are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Available in ready to wear and prescription. See in store for details.


Eco frames with sun clips

 

 

The Eco range is made from up 95% recycled material, and selected models are available with neat magnetic sun clip ons.

Call in to see the collection, and help the environment at the same time!


Longchamp frames and sunglasses now in.

We are really excited to have the new Longchamp collection in store.

Both the spectacle frames and sunglass ranges have simple, classic branding, with the signature horse rider and button clasp motif.

Call in today to see the collection.


Adidas Performance Eyewear

adidas Sport eyewear is now a complete optical supplier offering a new range of unique sports lenses made for adidas frames.

WHY PRESCRIPTION
Just a small change in prescription drastically increases your risk of losing focus. High quality sports eyewear protects the eyes and provides first class vision. For athletes who require prescription lenses, adidas eyewear offers a range of prescription solutions compatible with their individual needs and types of sport. You can choose between direct glazing, adapter, and clip-in solutions to ensure optimal performance through optimal vision – your individual prescription solution, built for performance!

adidas Sport eyewear uses Shamir’s Attitude III® sports design for both Single Vision and Progressive lenses (direct glazing/adapter solutions) with our unique LSTTM  technology.

LSTTM works like a color equalizer, enhancing the perception of pure primary colors.
This results in an improved color perception and high contrast vision.

Perfect for sports that takes you in and out of shaded areas.

KEY BENEFITS
• less eye stress and better vision for your sport
• constant, high contrast vision
• improved natural color perception
• enhancement of details and contours
• equal light harmonization
• reducing light to a comfortable level

Shamir Attitude III®  Progressive and Single Vision sports lenses support a wide range of panoramic angles and base curves to optimally suit the wrap angle of adidas Sport eyewear while mainting all of the design advantages.

LSTTM technology is only available in adidas Sport eyewear.

Our best selling collection evil eye halfrim pro is now available with our latest innovation, the Vario lens.

The new photochromic Vario lenses have the ability to automatically change
FROM A CRYSTAL CLEAR TO DARK TINT, featuring a transmission range from 14 to 89%. Utilizing our Injection Technology, the wafer inlay is injected directly into the lens. The vario wafer allows the vario lens to automatically adapt to natural lighting conditions (UV radiation), at a speed that rivals that of the best on the market. The adidas Sport eyewear Vario lens offers maximum longevity and durability thanks to the use of our ingenious Injection Technology.


Latest Maui Jim lenses now in stock

The latest lens from Maui Jim is the Maui Sunrise.

The beautiful pink hues are reminiscent of sunrise in Maui, Hawaii.

Available in the Mavericks and Baby Beach models.


Mid Season Frame Sale

Big selection of frames at half price when purchased with lenses.

It is a flash sale, so hurry while stocks last!!

We also have some sunglasses at half price too.


Innovative new sunglasses from Silhouette

‘Arthur Arbesser for Silhouette’ is a collection of four brightly coloured, ultra-stylish sunglasses.

Silhouette is committed to supporting young designers and unearthing great design talent. Each year, Silhouette invites an up-and-coming designer to design a range of sunglasses using Silhouette’s iconic frame, the TMA, as their template. This year is the turn of internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Arthur Arbesser.

Internationally known as one of the most promising new designers in Milan, Arthur was born and raised in Vienna. He studied at Central St. Martins in London and worked for Armani for 7 years before launching his own label in 2013 at Milan’s fashion week.

Call in to Unia Opticians, on Strutton Ground, to try the these amazingly lightweight, beautiful styles, as long as stocks last!

As seen in Grazia magazine


Sunglasses for children

Children may not be interested in the fashion aspect of sunglasses, but given that kids spend much more time outdoors than most adults, sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are an important consideration.

In fact, according to some experts, up to half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation can occur by age 18. (Other research cited by The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests the amount of lifetime exposure to UV radiation sustained by age 18 is less than 25 percent.)


Sunglasses help protect children’s eyes from UV rays and glare, whether it’s a sunny day at the beach or a cloudy day on a snowy mountaintop. Make sure your child’s sunglass lenses are made of a shatter-resistant material such as polycarbonate.

 

Given that excessive lifetime exposure to UV radiation has been linked to the development of cataracts and other eye problems, it’s never too early for kids to begin wearing good quality sunglasses outdoors.

UV rays aren’t the only potential danger from sunlight. Recently, researchers have suggested that long-term exposure to high-energy visible (HEV) light rays, also called “blue light,” may also cause eye damage over time. In particular, some believe a high lifetime exposure to HEV light may contribute to the development of macular degeneration later in life.

Children’s eyes are more susceptible to UV and HEV radiation than adult eyes because the lens inside a child’s eye is less capable of filtering these high-energy rays. This is especially true for young children, so it’s wise for kids to start wearing protective sunglasses outdoors as early in life as possible.

It is also important to consider that your child’s exposure to UV rays increases at high altitudes, in tropical regions and in highly reflective environments (such as in a snowfield, on the water or on a sandy beach). Protective sun wear is especially important for kids in these situations.

Choosing sunglass lens colours

The level of UV protection that sunglasses provide is not related to the colour of the lenses.

As long as your optician certifies that the lenses block 100 percent of the sun’s UV rays, the choice of colour and tint density is a matter of personal preference.

Most sunglass lenses that block the sun’s HEV rays are amber or copper in colour. By blocking blue light, these lenses also enhance contrast, a positive feature for outdoor sports and cycling.

Sunglass styles for children

Colourful, adolescent frame styles are still available, but sunglass companies have found a niche in appealing to children’s desire to look like their parents or older siblings.

Oval, round, rectangular, cat-eye and geometric shapes are all popular in cool, sophisticated colours like green, blue, tortoise and black. Metal frames are very popular, but so are plastic sunglass frames that look like scaled-down versions of trendy adult styles. Also, sporty styles for kids like wraparounds are available in miniature adult editions.

Where to buy kids’ sunglasses

The best places to find kids’ sunglasses or obtain advice regarding them, are sunglass specialty stores like your local optician or optical shop.

Some opticians even specialise in children’s sunglasses and eyeglasses and have dedicated areas just for kids to play and shop for their frames.

Wherever you go, look for a good selection of sunglass frames scaled specifically for a child’s facial dimensions and a professional staff experienced in fitting children’s eyewear.