Cheap sunglasses may not have enough UV protection! Glasses: Buyer Beware: Here is the FIFTH post of the 10 days and 10 reasons to explain what you should know to be careful about purchasing cheap sunglasses.
Reasons to avoid cheap glasses
Cheap sunglasses can do more harm than good.
Cheap sunglasses sometimes look nearly identical to premium quality sunglasses. They can even seem to provide equal performance in bright sunlight. But they also can be doing more harm than good. Lens color and darkness are not indicators of how well your sunglasses protect your eyes from UV. The only way to know for sure is to ask your eye care professional.
The level of protection sunglasses provide to shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays has nothing to do with the color or darkness of the lenses. It’s almost impossible for you to feel how well your eyes are being protected from these damaging rays while you’re wearing the sunglasses. So it’s possible for two different pairs of sunglasses to look (and even feel) the same, but one is providing a much better level of eye protection than the other. Cheap sunglasses — even those labeled “polarized” and “100% UV protection,” often allow harmful violet (“near-UV”) and blue light to penetrate the eye and potentially cause damage to your straight on vision. This can cause you to outlive your vision because of the risk of macular degeneration. This can affect all ages.
Your eye care professional can explain which trusted brands of sunglass lenses offer the best protection from harmful rays and the preferred visible light transmittance for your outdoor activities and visual needs.
We all have a budget limit. We all want to know what we are paying for. We don’t know the differences until we do our homework. We will help you with the homework and show and explain the differences in sunglasses when you come in. Schedule an Appointment and have your eyes examined by our doctors. www.EyewearGallery Dr. Warren Johnson / Dr. Do Nguyen
Budget-Stretching Tips When Buying Glasses
So what can you do if you or your family members need glasses and you want the best value possible?
Here are a few tips to help you stretch your budget and get all the benefits of high quality eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses:
- Take advantage of your vision insurance benefits. Many people fail to use the vision insurance plans (such as VSP and EyeMed) that they are enrolled in as part of their benefits package at work. These plans essentially work like a gift card program — just show your card and you get significant discounts on eye care and quality eyewear. Your HR representative at work can help you locate a participating eye care provider.
- Ask about bundles. Many optical stores provide a discount on premium eyewear products such as anti-reflective coating, photochromic lenses and progressive lenses if you purchase them as part of a bundled package. Ask your optician for details.
- Know the terms and conditions of warranties. Premium eyewear can be a better value than cheap glasses if it comes with a warranty against lens scratches and frame materials and workmanship. Warranties are particularly valuable if you work or live in a harsh environment and for children’s eyeglasses. Ask your optician to explain the terms and conditions of warranties included with your eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Also, ask your eye care professional about possible discounts for multiple purchases, special promotions on specific frames and lenses, and financing plans for eyewear purchases to make quality eyewear more affordable.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are here with computerized ski goggles!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like skiing downhill while monitoring your speed, altitude, music, messages, among other things? Custom Ski Goggles such as the Oakley Airwave have been developed and offer a crisp high definition digital screen that is equivalent to viewing a 14 inch HDTV screen from 5 feet away. The digital screen is positioned so that the peripheral vision of the user is not affected.
Custom Ski Goggles at Eyewear Gallery in Memphis,TN offer interchangeable lenses that allow the wearer to adapt to changing conditions on the slopes, from bright sunny days to overcast conditions. The custom lens contrast options available include Fire Iridium, Grey, Black Iridium, and an exclusive Oakley VR50 Pink lens for dawn, dusk and night skiing. The goggles are made from exclusive O Matter material and are known to offer a firm, comfortable fit for all day wear and a durable design to withstand even the harshest conditions on the mountain.
The Computerized Ski Goggles track and report a variety of metrics including speed, vertical jump analytics, temperature conditions, music, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity to a iPhone, and a full social media experience.
The speedometer tracks the skier or snowboarders’ speed and altitude while racing down the mountain. Jumps and other vertical moves are tracked and analyzed to allow the athlete to track progress while training. A music suite can be paired with the Goggles to offer surround sound entertainment with the ability to change between songs and adjust volume. Bluetooth connectivity can pair the Custom Goggles to a smartphone such as an iPhone, to allow incoming and outgoing phone calls, text messages, and other alerts.
We don’t think that music will be something the athletes are listening to in their competitive stretches. After their performances they may crank up the volume and test out all of the technology that the Oakley Airwave goggles offer. The Oakley Airwave also includes an exclusive app that can be downloaded to instantly share performance and other information via Facebook, Twitter and status updates to other friends and members of the users group.
To learn more about Oakley Airwave Custom Ski Goggles , schedule an appointment at Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, TN 38117. The new midtown or Memphis. Call 901-763-2020.
Dr. Warren Johnson | Dr. Do Nguyen
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