Be it football, skiing or bowls, lets face it wearing ordinary spectacles are not ideal. Morgan Optometry offers the full range of specialised sports eyewear.
A large range of prescription frame styles are available for various activities including snow sports, golf, cycling and running. The combination of specially customised prescription inserts and a variety of individualised tints offer exceptional visual comfort in different sporting environments.
You may not think we get enough sunshine in the UK for sunglasses but even though we got lots of rain, we do get some sun and be it reflected light whilst driving or the harmful effects of ultra violet (UV) light not just in summer, your eyes need to be protected.
In addition to bright sunshine making life difficult and uncomfortable, ultraviolet radiation is linked with premature aging of the eye causing cataract and macular degeneration.
Our practitioners are all well qualified to advise on the use of sunglasses and special tints to prescription glasses. We have a large selection of designer sunglasses, photochromic lenses, specialist sports sun protection including tinted contact lenses, complete price prescription sunglasses, and polarising lenses to help reduce glare.
Tints and UV protection
The colour and level of tint is often very specific to an individual and the activities they do. Important considerations are that a tint does not interfere with traffic light colours if you drive and you should not wear more than the lightest of tints (Class I) for night driving.
The truth is that all spectacles made up with plastic lenses offer some degree of protection against harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays but how effective they are will depend on the treatments and coatings applied to lenses when they are made.
Always remember that the level of UV protection has little to do with the colour or darkness of the sunglasses.
There are three types of UV radiation – UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC rays are absorbed by the upper atmosphere and do not reach the earth’s surface, but good sunglasses should block all the UVA and UVB.
When buying sunglasses check that they block 100 per cent of UVA and UVB. Also make sure that the glasses carry the CE mark, which means they have been made to high standards which are clearly set out in EC directives.
Photochromic sun glasses, where the lens darkens as the light intensity increases are a useful compromise but two things to remember about them. Firstly, they response to UVA light and since that is absorbed by a car windscreen these lenses do not go very dark inside a car.
Secondly, they are not very subtle in their light response and even on a dull winter day these lenses will look to others like sunspecs. Therefore, think of photochromic lenses as a very useful second pair of spectacles, great abroad by the pool, popping in to the hotel for another book to read without changing the specs but not as your only pair.
Photochromic lenses are available in brown or grey, single vision, bifocal or varifocal as well as some thin designs for higher prescriptions.
No matter how dark the tint of your glasses or how efficient the lenses are at blocking UV, they won’t necessarily stop glare. Glare is sometimes caused by reflected light – often from water or a road surface – and can only be reduced with polarized lenses.
Polarization completely blocks light rays on the horizontal axis only and is highly effective when applied to sun lenses. These are specially useful for those involved in snow and water sports since they remove the surface reflections that make seeing in these environments so uncomfortable. Polarised lenses are now available in single vision and varifocal formats.