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What We Shouldn't Do Without... Prescription Sunglasses!

If you currently wear eyeglasses for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you should strongly consider purchasing a second pair of glasses: prescription sunglasses.

Why? Because prescription sunglasses are often the best solution when you want clear, comfortable vision outdoors or when you're driving on a sunny day. They eliminate glare and the need for squinting in bright conditions, which can reduce vision and cause eyestrain.

Even if you normally wear contact lenses and nonprescription (plano) sunglasses, there will be times when your contacts dry out or become uncomfortable - especially on the beach, where you battle the effects of sand, sun, wind and water. Prescription sunglasses enable you to be outdoors all day without these discomfort problems or the hassle of dealing with your contacts.

A Better Solution for Driving

If you normally wear prescription eyeglasses, you face a dilemma when driving on sunny days. You can purchase "clip-on" sunglasses (or a modern magnetic version of them - like North Shores Chemistrie Polarized Clip-Ons) for your eyeglasses. But these can sometimes (but rarely)scratch your lenses or can be difficult to put on without taking off your glasses - which can be dangerous when driving.

Another solution is to purchase one pair of prescription eyeglasses that have photochromic or Transitions lenses - the kind that darken automatically outdoors. The problem here is that these lenses often won't darken properly inside a vehicle because some of the sun's UV rays are blocked by your car or truck's windshield glass and some of the older versions are affected by heat. (heat affects how dark the lenses get)

For convenience and comfort, the best solution for seeing in the sun are polarized prescription sunglasses, we say polarized as oppose to tinted, as polarized sunglasses not only block ambient light, they also block that annoying glare. For easy access, store them in a readily and easy access area so they're always there when you need them. Try not to store them in the car or where there may be high heat.

Many Lens Styles Available

Prescription sunglasses are available in a wide variety of lens materials and designs, including high index plastic and progressive ("no-line bifocal") lenses. For boating, fishing and driving, polarized lenses offer superior glare protection from light reflecting off water and roadways.

If you plan on wearing your prescription sunglasses when playing sports, working with power tools or engaging in other activities that have the potential of causing eye injuries, choose lightweight lenses made of polycarbonate, Trivex or the newest material offered by North Shore... Hi-Vex!. Lenses made of these materials are far more impact-resistant than glass or plastic sunglass lenses.

As with regular prescription eyeglasses, frame styles for prescription sunglasses are nearly unlimited. The only exception is that a few high prescription sunglasses cannot be made in the same "extreme' wraparound styles as some nonprescription sunglasses. However, models with a lesser-curved wraparound style are available.

North Shore Optical Has a large selection of Prescription or non-prescription Polarized and Non-Polarized Sunglass Lenses to choose from. We also replace old scratched lenses at a fraction of the cost of buying new sunglasses or even buying new lenses from a web site! Your eyes will thank you for it now and in the future!

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