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The Various Forms of Sun Protection

In Australia, sun radiation can cause severe damage the skin and eyes. We have the highest skin cancer rate in the world. Eye damage includes cancer of the eyelids, pterygia, cataracts and retinal damage. Children have just as great a need for U.V. protection, but often are not fitted with sunglasses at all. It is important to discuss this issue with relatives and friends to ensure that everyone, young and old, wears appropriate sun protection. There are several ways of protecting the eyes from the sun. These include:

  • a)When the eyesight is normal, ordinary sunglasses can be worn. They can be a well-known brand such as Ray-Bans or a more economical brand such as Polaroid Glarefoil. They both offer similar protection in the sun despite the price difference. We stock a selected range of sunglasses that offer maximal protection from UV radiation. Polaroid lenses are good for fishing as they cut out reflected light from the waters, without necessitating the wearing of a very dark lens. A hat or other type of eyeshade is also quite beneficial as it can cut out a significant proportion of the sunlight that reaches the eyes.
  • b) If distance glasses are worn, then clip-on sunglasses can be worn over the normal distance glasses. This can save on the cost of having a separate pair of prescription sunglasses. Some clip-ons can be flipped up or down as needed. Some frames are now made with magnets attached to their sides and the sun lenses can be attached magnetically.
  • c) There are fit-over sunglasses, which are large enough to fit around (on top of) the normal distance glasses. These offer protection from sun and wind from the sides as well. These also come at very affordable prices.
  • d) Photochromic sunglasses darken when there is sunlight (especially of a direct form). They do not darken much when driving and as such are not very useful for this purpose; however they can be worn all year round. Some people decide to use photochromic lenses for general wearing and also keep a clip-on in the car to be used over the photochromic lenses when driving. Photochromic lenses now come in plastic as well as glass. The plastic Transition III lenses lighten enough for indoor use and night driving. The Colourmatic lenses are a more recent development of plastic photochromic lens and as such have a number of advantages. These include faster reaction times and higher tint density in hot weather etc.
  • e) Prescription glasses in plastic can be tinted with a clear U.V. coating. This provides excellent U.V. protection without the necessity of a tint. Prescription sunglasses have a tint added on top of the U.V. coating to cut out visible light as well. The density and colour can be selected as desired according to the degree of glare symptoms and brightness of surroundings. Prescription sunglasses can be made from the original Ray Ban lens material. They can also be made with a Polaroid tint as well.





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Why Have Regular Eye Examinations?

(1) To Detect Eye Problems.
(2) To Detect Possible Systemic Problems.
(3) To Follow Up Any Progressive Conditions.

What Does an Eye Examination Involve?

Dilating Drops

Preparing for an Eye Examination


Eye Injuries

Medicare Cards

Avoiding Much Close Work Before Examination

Ordering Glasses

Our Range of Services

Clinical Services

Special Interest Subjects

Public Education Services

Commonly Used Spectacle Lenses

(A) Presbyopia

(1) Single Vision Lenses for Near Work

(2) Extended Focus lenses for Near Work

(3) Bifocal Lenses

(4) Multifocal or Progressive Powered Lenses

(B) Myopia (Short-Sightedness)

(C) Long-Sightedness

The Various Forms of Sun Protection

Variety and Quality in Spectacle Frames

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