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Do You Really Need Prescription Sunglasses?


  Prescription sunglasses help you see more clearly as well as protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun. A quality pair of prescription sunglasses eliminate glare, reflections, and reduces brightness from the sun to help you see more clearly, which is especially important while driving. An epidemiology study tested whether the risk of a life-threatening motor vehicle crash was increased when driving in bright sunlight. The study analyzed a comparison of patients hospitalized because of a motor vehicle crash between January 1,1995 and December 31, 2014. The relative risk of a crash associated with bright sunlight was estimated by evaluating the prevailing weather at the time and place of the crash compared with the weather at the same hour and location on control days a week earlier and a week later. The majority of patients were injured during daylight hours and bright sunlight was the most common weather condition at the time and place of the crash. The results of the study showed, risk of a life-threatening crash was 16% higher during bright sunlight than normal weather. Therefore, bright sunlight is associated with an increased risk of life-threatening motor vehicle crashes.

Wearing quality sunglasses while driving lowers the risk of vehicle accidents during bright sunshiny days. Glare bouncing off the roadway or another vehicle can momentarily blind a driver or obstruct the driver’s view and it only takes a second of interrupted view to cause a vehicle accident. Prescription sunglass lenses that are polarized mitigate glare. The polarized lenses have a chemical embedded or a surface chemical applied that removes the glare. Glare is caused by the suns rays bouncing off a surface such as the roadway or a vehicle hood. After bouncing off a surface the rays approach your eyes from a horizontal plane. The chemical that provides the polarization on the lens, filters out the horizontal rays by absorbing them. The chemical is applied in such a way that it only absorbs horizontal rays and lets the vertical rays through. This has a venetian blind affect by filtering out the horizontal glaring rays but because the filtering lines are so thin the eyeglass wearer is able to view between the thin lines and have a clear image. 

Sunglasses not only aid the wearer with an uninterrupted view of the surroundings, but they protect the eyes. UV light from the sun is harmful to your eyes. Wearing sunglasses protect your eyes from the UV rays emitted from the sunlight. Exposing your eyes to UV rays over a long period of time can lead to cataracts. The sunglasses also protect from blue light which is part of the light spectrum in sunlight. Unprotected eyes exposed to blue light are known to increase the risk of developing macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses also eliminates the need to squint in bright sunlight helping you avoid eye strain and headaches.
 
Model 7101 Sunglasses
Model 7101 Sunglasses
The sunglasses you choose also make a difference.  A quality pair of sunglasses with polycarbonate lens and a robust frame are important factors that should be considered during selection. Polycarbonate lens are impact and shatter resistant, they are also very durable and light weight. Paramount Optical offers prescription sunglasses with polycarbonate lens.  Our frame selection is fashionable yet robust.  Due to the durability of these glasses they are less expensive in the long run as compared to buying a cheap pair of sunglasses that have to be replaced often.  They protect your eyes and your driving.  The driving sunglasses from Paramount can be thought of as prescription safety sunglass because of the quality, durability, and level of protection for the eyes.
 
Model 7010 Sunglasses
Model 7010 Sunglasses
Robust frames that are durable is important but a good looking pair of glasses is also important to the wearer.  Paramount Optical offers men’s and women’s glasses.  Our 7010 model frame has an elegant touch that comes in brown and burgundy.  Another option is the 7001 model frame that is classic in demi and black. Model 7101 is another choice that is fashionable for the wearer.   All of these frames will last forever and have a stylish look and feel to them. The polycarbonate lens are an excellent candidate for applying coatings. Adding a scratch resistant coating will protect your lens from everyday wear and tear.  An Anti-Reflective coating is also a good option for the back side of the lens to eliminate the reflections coming from behind.
 
Model 7001 Sunglasses
Model 7001 Sunglasses
Protecting your eyes and providing a safe driving environment is what prescription sunglasses are all about. Keep a pair of prescription sunglasses in your vehicle so you can switch from your regular glasses every time you drive. The best advice is to purchase a quality durable pair of sunglasses that fit well and look stylish.