Do I Need Prescription Sunglasses? By Gordon Wong, OD on December 12, 2023

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Many people who wear eyeglasses don’t have prescription sunglasses, although having both is tremendously beneficial. Here, our team, serving La Jolla, CA, Del Mar, CA, and surrounding areas, will look at some of the most notable benefits of having prescription sunglasses, what types of individuals can benefit from them, and how our team can help you get the eyewear you need all year long.

Determining if Prescription Sunglasses Are Right for You

Our team maintains you could benefit from prescription sunglasses if any of the following apply to you:

You Want to Protect Yourself Against Harmful UV Rays

Prescription sunglasses protect your eyes and surrounding skin by blocking out harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you have a pair of stylish prescription sunglasses, you’re more likely to wear them more often and for longer.

Contacts or Transition Lenses Aren’t Good Options for You

Contact lenses or transition lenses — a.k.a glasses that respond to light — aren’t ideal for everyone. For those who fall into this category, clip-on shades may not be all that enticing either. Prescription sunglasses are the simplest solution here; acting as a supplementary pair of corrective lenses to the ones you wear inside.

You're Tired of Constantly Switching Between Glasses, Contact Lenses, and Non-Prescription Sunnies

If going to the beach or spending a significant amount of time outdoors means you’ll have to put up with traveling with your prescription glasses, your contact lenses, and a pair of non-prescription sunglasses, it’s understandable you may want a simpler solution. Prescription sunglasses help make traveling, driving, and spending time outside more convenient.

Prescription Sunglasses vs. Contact Lenses

Many make do with wearing fashion sunglasses over their contact lenses. While this may be ideal for some, investing in a pair of prescription sunglasses is beneficial in its own right. Here’s how:

Comfort and Convenience

If your summer months are spent swimming, spending time on a sandy beach, or jet skiing, wearing contact lenses during this season will increase the chances of irritation or bacterial infection. This may lead you to the decision of seeing well or protecting your eyes. With prescription sunglasses, you’ll be able to do both.

Full Eye Protection

Prescription sunglasses protect your eyes from damaging UV rays as well as vulnerable areas of skin around the eyes. In addition to getting the sun out of your eyes, they shield them from allergens and debris.

Moreover, it can be easy to fall into contact lens habits — especially during the summer months and when you’re spending more time by the pool or at the beach. Doing so can lead to keratitis, an inflammation that can lead to light sensitivity.

Ready for Stylish Sunglasses? Ask Us About Designer Eyewear

In addition to traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses, our optometry offices in La Jolla and Del Mar let you protect your eyes, promote your vision health, and feel confident every step of the way with designer eyewear.

We offer eyewear from acclaimed brands from all over the world and will work with you to ensure your new pair is customized to your specific needs. For more information about getting prescription sunglasses, get in touch with us today.

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Our team at GW Eye Associates in La Jolla and Del Mar can provide a wide range of high-quality eye care services. Dr. Gordon G. Wong and Dr. Wildon C. Wong have over 45 years of combined experience and belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Optometric Association
  • NVISION

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call us at (858) 454-4699 today.

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