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Prescription sunglasses can improve driving during summer months

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The summer season brings sunshine, vacation and warm-weather activities into full gear. But before you put the top down on your convertible, it’s important to remember that sunnier conditions also call for more protection for your eye and skin health — not to mention vision protection for those summer drives.

If you also need vision correction, prescription sunglasses could be the perfect fit for you. Not only do they offer a shield from the sun’s harmful rays — but prescription sunglasses can also correct eye conditions such as short/long-sightedness as well as astigmatism and presbyopia.

Prescription sunglasses also offer convenience: You don’t have to worry about fitting clip-on shades over your regular glasses, or wearing contact lenses on sunny days so you can wear your plano sunglasses when you go outside.

Here are some other ways prescription sunglasses can provide a safer and more comfortable driving experience in the summer.

UV Protection 

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 16 million people around the world are blind as a result of cataracts. As many as 20% of these cases could be caused by ultraviolet radiation exposure.

Bright sunlight increases the need for UV protection, especially in an environment like a car, which essentially exposes you to sunshine from different angles during the day.

Car visors and tinted windows may not be enough to shield you from the sun, so how can you protect your eyes from UV rays effectively as you drive? One of the best ways to do so is with sunglasses, and if you require vision correction, prescription sunglasses offer a great all-around solution.

With custom corrective lenses and 100% UV protection, prescription sunglasses allow you to see clearly and comfortably, all while protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. And with an endless array of frame options, they can look great too.

Two women wearing sunglasses driving

Prevent distractions

One of the biggest threats on the road these days is a distracted driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 9% of fatal road traffic collisions in the United States in 2017 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

Out of the 1,456 fatal crashes in Britain in 2018, 383 involved distracted drivers, according to Brake in the UK.

Distracted driving applies to visual, cognitive and manual activities. Eating and drinking, listening to music, and talking to passengers or on a mobile phone are all examples. Switching from regular glasses to sunglasses while in movement can also be a dangerous distraction.

Fumbling around in search of your sunglasses or trying to attach clip-on shades while driving may not take you a great deal of time, but taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can lead to deadly consequences.

Switching from your glasses to your prescription sunglasses before you get on the road will aid your vision, shield your eyes from harsh sunlight and remove the need to look away from the road in search of your shades.

Relieve dry eye

Some people experience dry eyes due to allergies and other seasonal changes, including an increase in outside temperature. In some cases, the discomfort is enough for contact lens wearers to temporarily switch back to glasses.

Direct air from your airconditioning, open window or the roof being down can cause dry eye. Wearing your sunglasses can add a barrier of protection from the air blowing into your eyes, helping to keep them moist and reduce dry eye.

Prescription sunglasses as a precaution

Highways around the world see more cars in the summer due to holidays.

In the US specifically, more fatal accidents have been recorded during Memorial Day weekend, the first holiday of the summer. The National Safety Council (NSC) has reported more than 300 traffic fatalities on Memorial Day weekend every year since 1995.

In Europe, the highest number of fatal accidents are recorded in July and August due to an increase in leisure-related summer travel. The percentage of accidents that take place during the daytime is also higher than those at night.

This data is important to note for drivers during the summer, and even more critical for those who need corrective lenses. Prescription sunglasses correct vision, protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and enhance visual clarity for safe driving. 

Glare from the sun on the road

Polarised sunglasses, in particular, cut glare, even blinding glare. Blinding glare occurs when sunlight reflects off of horizontal surfaces like the road, a body of water or even the bonnet of a car, making it impossible for a driver to see clearly. Reducing glare can help improve road safety.

Remember: You can’t control other drivers, but you can control your driving habits, especially as they relate to your vision.

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