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Do Clear Sunglasses Work?

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Whether you get a prescription or not, sunglasses can work wonders for your eyes when you’re outdoors. They can protect your eyes from the sun (as long as they feature UV-blocking lenses) and give your outfit a stylish touch.


That makes sunglasses so much more than an accessory. They’re fundamental for eyes during every season, from winter (when the sun casts reflections onto the snow) to summer (when your sunlight exposure is often at its highest). 


Today, we’re going to talk about clear sunglasses, which feature translucent lenses and/or frames. They’re one of the most popular shades of the season, with men and women both reaching for them any chance they get.


But do clear sunglasses work, or are they just for fashion? Do the clear lenses prevent your eyes from getting the proper UV protection? Let’s explore. 

Do clear sunglasses work?

Despite not having any color (or having transparent color), clear sunglasses do work. For instance, many translucent sunglasses have built-in, UV-blocking lenses that function just as well as any other eyewear


Why are UV-blocking sunglass lenses important? According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), adults and children can both experience eye damage as a result of overexposure to UV light without adequate eye protection. Over time, this exposure may lead to eye problems, such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and photokeratitis (or a corneal sunburn). 


Glare is another issue people face when outdoors. Clear sunglasses can help with this issue, as they often feature anti-reflective lenses that repel the light cast from the sun and onto other surfaces, such as the snow or bodies of water. This can make it much easier for you to see while driving or hiking, which can make the experiences safer. 


If your clear lens sunglasses don’t have UV protection or anti-reflective lenses, feel free to ask our eye care team if we can add them. We always recommend customers to get lenses that block UV light to reduce the chances of developing eye problems down the road (or immediately, such as is the case with photokeratitis). 

Where can I find the best clear sunglasses?

If translucent sunglasses have piqued your interest, stop by your nearest For Eyes today to try them out. We offer some of the best clear sunglasses and other types of eyewear, along with a satisfaction guarantee. What does that mean? If you don’t love your new shades, bring them back to our store within 30 days, and we’ll replace them. 


Please Note: Not all of our locations carry the same eyewear. If you like a specific brand or style, but you can’t find it in stores, consult one of our friendly eye professionals. We’ll see if there’s anything we can do to get it in stock.

Do Clear Sunglasses Work?

Summary: Clear Lens Sunglasses

Every time you go outdoors, you expose yourself to harmful UV light from the sun. But there’s a solution: clear lens sunglasses. Contrary to popular belief, clear sunglasses do work by providing extra UV protection via UV-blocking lenses. You can also get them with anti-reflective lenses.


Translucent sunglasses function just as well as sunglasses with colored lenses. And if your clear sunglasses lack a UV-protective coating, it’s easy to add. All you’ll need to do is request one from your eye specialist.


Shopping for clear sunglasses can also be simple. We carry a wide selection of designer sunglasses at each of our optical stores, and we’d love to help you find the perfect sunnies for the season. 

Want to try out a pair of translucent sunglasses or another popular style of shades? Click here to find an optical store in your city today.

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