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Why Sunglasses are Important in the Winter

When winter hits, Michiganders all know the drill: break out the hats, scarf, gloves and sunglasses. Yes, you read that right! While sunglasses are traditionally associated with the warmth of the summer sun, they are actually a year-round accessory.

Don’t believe us? Let’s talk all about the importance of wearing sunglasses in the winter. Trust us. We will have you convinced to break out your shades by the end of this blog.

Harmful UV Rays

You have probably been warned about harmful UV rays before, but we’re going to warn you again!

The three different kinds of UV rays, UVA, UVB and UVC, can cause severe eye damage and pain. Too much of this exposure can even lead to macular degeneration and cataracts.

While UVB rays are the most damaging of the three, polarized sunglasses can make them far less scary. See, polarized sunglasses provide glare protection, as well as UV protection, which can help to ensure your eyes stay healthy. So, note to self: when buying sunglasses, invest in a pair with polarized lenses.

Reflection of Light

Have your ever stepped outside to see a fresh, new layer of snow, only to find yourself blinded by the glare? Snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV light, which is exactly why sunglasses are so important during the snowy white months.

Most objects in nature absorb some of the natural light that hits their surfaces. This is what gives them their color. Snow, however, is different, since it reflects most of that sunlight. That makes it bright white, but it’s also why you squint when you step outside.

Since we’re surrounded by ice and snow for at least a quarter of the year, it’s important to keep sunglasses at the ready. When you step out for some winter wonderland fun, be sure to bring shades for everyone in your family.

Even if you’re just commuting to work, the reflection off of a snowy road can damage your eyes and impair your vision. Pop on some polarized shades so you can cruise with confidence and keep your eyes safely open.
While we love polarized lenses, it’s worth noting that there are a few occasions when non-polarized lenses are best. If you’re skiing, driving a motorcycle, or driving in particularly icy conditions, it might be best to use sunglasses that don’t have polarized lenses. That way, you can see the reflections off of the ice and proceed with caution. Plus, if you’re an airplane pilot, it’s best to avoid polarized sunglasses, since they can make LCD instruments hard to read.

Not sure if you need polarized or non-polarized sunglasses? Come see us! We have a wide range of sunglasses frames and lens options! Hurry and schedule an appointment with us before the flurries of winter hit.

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4 Best Gifts for People with Glasses

The holidays are just around the corner and if you’re shopping for the glasses-wearing friend in your life, you’re in luck! Our team has compiled the best list of gifts for those with glasses. And if you wear glasses, don’t be surprised if you add a few of these on your wish list.

Lens Cleaning Kit

A lens cleaning kit is a great gift for those who wear glasses. Not only do clean glasses offer a better view, they actually prevent reflections that can occur and deter vision when wearing glasses while driving or playing in the snow.

We carry an effective kit at all of our locations. The RxOptical PHD-50 Lens Cleaning Kit, which is included with our Worry FreeWarranty, contains a 6-ounce cleaner spray bottle, 30 pre-moistened lens cloths, and a microfiber cloth. Our cleaning solution is safe for all lenses and coatings, and was developed to work fast. The kit is available for $12.95 when purchased separately from our Worry Free Warranty. Stop into one of our 54 locations to pick a kit up for your glasses-wearing friend today!

Winter Sunglasses

Everyone layers on jackets, scarves, and hats during the winter season, but most are forgetting a crucial part of their wardrobe: sunglasses. Just because the sun is not beaming high in the sky does not mean that you are free from harmful UV rays.

The glasses wearer in your life will no doubt love a stylish pair of prescription sunglasses that will protect from UV rays, snow and ice glare, and harsh winter winds. Rx Optical carries a wide variety of sunglasses at all locations that you can choose from this holiday season.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Microfiber cleaning clothes are a great stocking stuffer for glasses and sunglass wearers alike. Blended microfibers have the ability to pick up and lock dirt, dust, moisture, and bacteria thanks to their tiny asterisk shape. Microfiber is also positively charged which means it attracts dirt like a magnet.

Microfiber cleaning cloths are inexpensive, easy to find, and serve a variety of uses beyond glasses-wearers too.

Rx Optical Gift Card

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If all else fails and you are running out of time to order online or make stops at lot of stores, pop into one of our offices and grab a gift card. Investing in a loved one’s eyesight will go beyond just providing clear vision, but also show that you care about their health and wellness. RxOptical gift cards can be used toward an eye examination and any eyewear purchase.

Give a gift that they will not only appreciate but use daily. These gifts are sure to bring a smile to any glasses-wearing friend or family member, and will be put to good use. Have any questions about our gift giving guide? Give us a call! Or, stop in and ask us to help you shop, our opticians are talented and ready to help you find the perfect gift.