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With boutique sunglasses, you can look fashionable while keeping your eyes protected from the outside elements. Contrary to popular belief, not all sunglasses are equally made. Boutique sunglasses can offer the best in both fashion and protection. However, it is important to find an option that meets both your vision needs and aesthetic desires.

Boutique sunglasses are available at Pear Eyewear in Dallas and the surrounding area. There is no need to sacrifice your style for your safety. Call us today at 469-393-0464 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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The Importance of Sunglasses

Though most people already know how damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays can be to the skin, few people are aware of the effects of UV radiation and other types of solar radiation on the eyes. There are three main types of UV radiation: UV-C, UV-A, and UV-B. The ozone layer absorbs UV-C rays, making them non-threatening. In contrast, UV-A and UV-B rays may have long and short-term adverse effects on one’s eyes.

Eyes exposed to excessive amounts of UV radiation over a brief period may experience photokeratitis, a phenomenon that could be likened to a “sunburn of the eye.” This condition can cause painful but temporary symptoms. Prolonged exposure to solar radiation will only increase a person’s risk of developing various vision problems, such as cataracts or macular degeneration, later on. As such, it is essential to keep eyes protected from UV rays whenever possible.

Who Needs Sunglasses

According to a 2012 report by The Vision Council, over half of American adults lose or break their sunglasses each year. Furthermore, over a quarter of respondents never wear sunglasses at all. Of all 10,000 adults polled, two-thirds reported wearing sunglasses primarily to prevent glare. Over half said they did not habitually wear sunglasses because they forgot to bring them along, approximately 14% said they often break or lose their sunglasses, and 20% believed their eyes were not at risk of sun exposure. 

Though 73% of adults wear sunglasses, only 58% reported making their children wear shades too. From these findings, we can infer that many Americans underestimate the damaging effects of UV exposure. In reality, everyone should wear sunglasses — no matter how old or young they are. This recommendation is especially true for people living in areas with higher-than-average UV indexes, such as Dallas.

When to Wear Sunglasses

Many people mistakenly believe that sunglasses are only necessary during the bright summer months. However, sunglasses are just as important to wear even in the winter — no matter where you are. Since the sun sits lower in the sky (and at a different angle) in the winter than the summer, individuals may be exposed to even more UV rays, especially if they are out for more extended periods.

Cement can reflect glare, as can snow (no matter how rare snowy weather may be in Dallas). Plus, particular drugs may make individuals more sensitive to UV rays. Common photosensitizing medications include birth control pills, diuretics, sulfa antibiotics, and tranquilizers. Parents should also make sure their children wear proper eye protection, as they tend to spend more time outdoors (and, thus, be more susceptible to UV-related eye problems).

Why Boutique Sunglasses

We believe that our patients should never have to choose between their safety and their style. We are proud to offer top-of-the-line boutique sunglasses that cater to every taste and prescription. The best eyewear should complement both your vision and your personal aesthetic. Moreover, some experts believe that many patients are more likely to wear sunglasses when they find a pair that look and feel good.

Buying multiple pairs of boutique sunglasses can also make them more fun to wear. It can also be more convenient to keep a pair in the car, various purses or bags, and more. The more fashion-conscious may also find boutique sunglasses an easy way to accessorize. The right pair of boutique sunglasses can elevate a look entirely.

Choosing the Right Boutique Sunglasses

The best sunglasses block 99% to 100% of all UVA and UVB rays. Patients should look for sunglasses that block 75% to 90% of visible light for added protection. Furthermore, since up to 50% of UV rays that reach the eyes come from reflecting off the lens’ back surface, it is best to find shades with anti-reflective treatments.

Boutique sunglasses that wrap around the face or surf-style glasses with larger temples offer the most protection, as they protect the wearer from multiple angles. It is crucial for individuals to consider fit and practicality as well as style when choosing the right pair of boutique sunglasses for them.

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Boutique sunglasses can transform your look while preventing various eye problems and wrinkles. We at Pear Eyewear can help you choose the perfect pairs for you. Call us today at 469-393-0464 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I clean the polarized lenses on my boutique sunglasses?

Any smudges can be removed by gently rubbing with a microfiber cloth. Avoid cleaning your lenses with any other materials, as they may leave scratches or debris. The best way to prevent smudges or scratches is to keep your sunglasses in a case whenever you are not wearing them.

What are polarized boutique sunglasses?

Boutique sunglasses with polarized lenses are specially coated to block out glare and reflection by filtering out specific light vibrations. They tend to be popular among individuals who spend much time outdoors or driving. However, they offer extra protection to anyone.

Do I still need to wear sunglasses on days when the sun is not bothering my eyes?

Yes. UV rays are still present even on cloudy, overcast days. Eyes can be damaged any day, though radiation tends to be strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

I have preexisting medical conditions. Do they increase my risk of damage from UV rays?

It depends. Individuals who have cataracts, macular degeneration, or retinal dystrophies should heed extra caution. The same goes for those who have had cataract surgery.

When it comes to boutique sunglasses, does lens color matter?

No. This is a matter of personal preference. No single lens color is more effective than the other in protecting the eyes from UV damage.