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Soaking up the sun can feel good, but too much direct sunlight can lead to long-term health problems. Ultraviolet radiation (UV), an invisible component of sunlight, can damage tissue and cause sunburns—even on your eyes!

UV damage is cumulative and irreversible, making prevention the best option. Squinting or holding a hand over your eyes isn’t enough. Sunglasses offer convenient sun safety with style. 

Our Sunglass Cove boutique offers UV-protective eyewear to help you spend more time enjoying the sun and less time worrying about your eyes.

UVA, UVB, UVC: What’s the Difference?

You know UV radiation can damage your eyes and skin, but how many types of UV radiation can you name? 

There are 3 types (wavelengths) of UV radiation: UVA, UVB, and UVC. Although UVC radiation is highly dangerous, it’s filtered by the ozone layer, so UVC from the sun never reaches the earth. However, there are man-made sources of UVC rays, typically used for disinfection.

The ozone can absorb UV radiation, limiting our exposure. Yet, 90% of UV rays reach us even on cloudy days. UV radiation can also reflect off surfaces, including rain, snow, concrete, sand, and glass.

Exposure to UVA and UVB rays (or artificial sources of UVC rays) can cause eye damage or conditions, including:

Quality Matters

The quality of your sunglasses matters. Poor quality or inexpensive sunglasses can scratch easily, have distortions that affect vision, and may not completely block UV radiation. Look for shades that block 99–100% of UVA/UVB radiation and screen out 75–90% of visible light.

Take a peek through the lenses before you buy. Distortions, scratches, or imperfections do more than ruin your look. Damage to your sunglasses can affect the quality of protection.

In addition to finding quality lenses for your shades, don’t forget about quality frames. Your frames should keep up with your daily wear, such as impact-resistant polycarbonate frames for sports.

Sun Safety for Younger Eyes

Children are at a higher risk of UV damage; they’re exposed to up to 3 times as much UV light as the average adult. Children’s eyes are more vulnerable, as their lens is less capable of filtering UV light. This increases their risk of eye problems occurring in adulthood, including cataracts and macular degeneration (AMD). 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most of a person’s lifetime UV exposure occurs before age 18. Protecting their eyes now can help prevent significant eye problems later. 

Sunglasses are a good tool for sun safety as they help protect their eyes and the skin around their eyes. 

Sunglasses We Love

Staying sun-safe can look great! Browse our brands for quality shades to find your style.

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Ann Taylor

Versatile feminine shapes and designs define the Ann Taylor frames collection. Since 1954, Ann Taylor frames have provided a perfect blend between play, career, and fashion. Each line of this eyewear collection embodies style and innovation.

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Cocoons

You shouldn’t have to choose UV protection over vision. Cocoon Sunglasses are designed to fit over your prescription glasses without sacrificing style. Function and fashion come together to create these fantastic fit-over sunglasses. Protect your eyes, see clearly, and look fantastic. Cocoon lets you have it all.

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Maui Jim

Maui Jim is the fastest growing maker of premium polarized sunglasses, prescription sunglasses, and ophthalmic frames in the world! It all began in Lahaina, Hawaii, with a need for sunglasses that could eliminate the harsh Hawaiian glare without distorting the colors of the island scenery. Today, Maui Jim also produces stunning, high-quality ophthalmic frames.

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Oakley

Oakley invents each new product with a design philosophy called sculptural physics: the discipline of solving problems with science and wrapping them in art. Supported by an infrastructure that includes the latest tools of technology, Oakley engineers and artisans continue to expand the company’s array of product categories.

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Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban has always been durable, comfortable, and attractive from the vintage classics to the present-day trendy frames. From celebrities to your friends, Ray-Ban is always a favorite.

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Shadowclip

Custom clip-on sunglasses for any frame. Shadowclips are lightweight solutions for UV protection that are available in a variety of lens colors, both polarized and non-polarized.

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Tom Ford

Tom Ford is the first true luxury brand of the 21st century and places a priority on delivering the highest quality product and the greatest standard of service.

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Zeal

Zeal sunglasses are built for outdoor adventurers and are ready to perform in the harshest conditions. Each pair demonstrates high standards of quality while maintaining a practical style. Wanting to lessen their ecological footprint, Zeal frames and lenses use plant-based materials.

Frames We Love!

Where To Find Us

At the corner of Springbank Drive and Wonderland Road, our clinic offers plenty of parking out front.

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  • 585 Springbank Dr.
  • London, ON N6J1H3

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