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With locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, Ellenton, Venice & Sun City Center, FL

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Sunglasses – Sunscreen for your Eyes!

Scientific studies indicate that spending long hours in the sun without eye protection can damage eyes and contribute to cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye, including cancer. Wearing proper sunglasses is the best way to shield your eyes from the damaging effects of UV radiation.

It is important for all sunglasses to block 99 percent to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Of course, all of the sunglasses at The Optical Gallery offer this protection. The following are some other consideration for choosing the right sunwear for you.

Polarized Lenses
Sunglasses with polarized lenses are especially popular here in Florida because their ability to minimize reflected glare. This is particularly useful for any water activity and/or driving, as it adds an extra level of safety to eliminate glare. Our optical technicians will be glad to demonstrate the difference between polarized lenses and a standard sunglass lenses. You will be amazed at how much better you will see with a polarized product.

Drivewear Lenses
Drivewear lenses are a wonderful new category of sunglasses that offer the benefit of a polarized lens as well as a photochromic lens that changes color according to the amount of light. It is capable of sensing and reacting to varying light conditions both outside and behind the windshield of the car.

Drivewear lenses - 3 color states with white space around it

From bright sunlight with blinding glare to overcast and rainy conditions, Drivewear lenses provide the wearer with the perfect visual solution. We do note that Drivewear lenses are a sunglass lens; not a full time lens, so you will still need a traditional pair of glasses for daily wear.

Check out this video below about Drivewear.

PrescripSunTM Sunglasses by Carl Zeiss Vision

ZEISS has a series of high-performance sun protection lenses called  PrescripSunTM Lenses that lets you customize your sunglass desires. Whether you prefer polarized, mirror or just tinted, there is the perfect protection sun lens for you.

Lens Color and Darkness

A medium lens color is good for everyday wear, but darker lenses are suggested for bright conditions. The most popular lens colors are gray, green, or brown. Remember darkness and color does not determine the lens’ ability to block UV light so always check for UV rating as well.

Wraparound Style
Large, wraparound sunglass frames provide an extra measure of protection because they keep light from shining into your eyes while also adding extra protection from injury. Unlike in the past, we are now able to get prescription lenses for these wraparound styles.

Whether you are interested in prescription sunglasses or just want a stylish non-prescription pair, The Optical Gallery is the place for you. You can be assured of getting the quality and protection that you need, all with a FREE 14-month guarantee. Stop by one of our optical locations today.