UV Safety Awareness Month: Protect Your Eyes From Sun Damage

UV Safety Awareness Month: Protect Your Eyes From Sun Damage

UV rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation emitted from the sun. The two types of UV rays that make their way to earth are UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause damage to the skin and eyes. Exposure to UV rays can increase your risk of developing eye cancer, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), eye growths, burned eyelids, and photokeratitis (sunburn of the eyes). While some of these symptoms, as with any form of sunburn, can happen in as little as a few hours, other longer-lasting, more serious eye conditions may take years to develop. Both short term and long term effects of UV rays can be combated with the use of UV blocking sunglasses. This UV Safety Awareness Month, find a pair of UV blocking sunglasses to protect your eye health.

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Protecting Your Eyes From UV Rays
UV rays are present at all times of the year, even in the winter. In fact, UV rays are reflected off of any form of water and become amplified. This includes snow in the winter as well as lakes or other bodies of water year-round. This is why people get sunburned while out skiing and are likely to have worse burns after a day at the beach. Because UV rays are always present, you should wear UV blocking sunglasses anytime you are outside. Not all sunglasses are UV blocking and if the sunglasses do not specify that they are UV blocking, they will not effectively protect your eyes.

Wearing Sunglasses When You Need A Prescription
Some people may have found it difficult to wear sunglasses in the past if they have to wear prescription eyeglasses, but there are ways to get around this. Some UV blocking options are:

  • Transitions® Lenses. These prescription lenses darken when exposed to UV rays and return to their regular clear state when indoors. This is a convenient option for people who want UV protection and reduced glare without the need to carry a pair of sunglasses
  • Prescription Sunglasses. These lenses are a great option for people who love being outdoors. Unlike Transitions® Lenses, prescription sunglasses give you the option of controlling when you switch from your regular eyeglasses to your tinted pair.
  • Contacts. If you wear contacts, then you can wear non-prescription sunglasses anytime. Many people get contacts for the look and convenience of them, part of which is the option to wear UV blocking sunglasses whenever you want.
  • Non-Prescription Sunglasses. If you only need eyeglasses for reading or other tasks, you can get a pair of non-prescription sunglasses that block UV rays.

Trendy, UV Blocking Sunglasses At Blink Eyewear

Whether you wear eyeglasses and are looking for a sunglasses solution that works for you, or you don’t need a prescription and are looking for great quality sunglasses, Blink Eyewear can help. With an extensive range of stylish frames and a selection of sunglass lens options, we can find a pair of sunglasses that suit your needs while protecting your eye from harmful UV rays. Our Calgary optometrists can update your eyeglass prescription and our Calgary opticians can help you find the perfect pair of sunglasses for a safe and stylish summer. Try on frames and find the right pair for you at any of our three convenient locations in Crowfoot in NW Calgary, West Springs in SW Calgary, and Creekside in NW Calgary. To schedule an eye exam or if you have any questions, contact Blink Eyewear at 1-403-516-2292 or fill out the online contact form.


No, it does not. Neither the shade of sunglasses nor the colour of the tint affects the amount of UV protection. UV blocking lenses have a special coating on them that helps protect your eyes and it is unrelated to the colour of the lens. Sunglasses that are UV blocking often cost more than non-UV blocking sunglasses and they will specify (often with a small sticker on the lens) when they are UV blocking.

The lens tint colour can be beneficial for different activities. For example, golfers often prefer brown or amber-tinted sunglasses to help make the colours of the course pop. Many people who are on or near the water often opt for polarized lenses to reduce glare and to see into the water. Yellow tinted sunglasses can increase contrast in hazy, foggy or low-light conditions and can be helpful for indoor sports, snow sports, and night driving. Speak with a Calgary optometrist or optician at Blink Eyewear about your lifestyle and hobbies and our staff can help you select the right UV blocking sunglasses for your unique needs.

It is recommended that your child starts wearing sunglasses when they are two to three years old because when they are any younger than that, it can be physically difficult to do. When your child does start wearing sunglasses, they should have 99-100% UVA and UVB protection.

Outstanding vision care across Calgary

Outstanding vision care across Calgary

Blink Eyewear is the largest provider of vision services and care in Calgary, operating no fewer than 3 accessible locations across the region. All of our stores are inventoried with the most sought-after designer and commercial frames and eyewear for all occasions and purposes. 

Home to experienced optometrists and opticians, our stores also offer comprehensive eye exams to individuals of all ages, emergency eye care, and the treatment and management of eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

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Blink Eyewear boasts the largest collection of eyewear in Calgary, but our 3 locations are also home to the region’s finest optometrists. Just as you will not find a better store to shop for your eyewear, you will not find a better vision clinic to do your eye exam or treat your eye condition. 

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