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Choosing the right prescription sunglasses

Do you enjoy reading a good book or magazine in the sun? Then you should really try prescription sunglasses. Too much UV radiation is always harmful for the eyes, but especially when you are wearing reading glasses. The lenses of prescription glasses bundle and amplify the radiation of the sun like a magnifying glass. If you have ever tried to start a fire with a magnifying glass, you know this is bad news! For that reason, added UV protection in the form of sunglasses is crucial to keep your eyes in shape. But how do you choose the right prescription sunglasses? Looplabb helps you out!

What are prescription sunglasses?

Prescription sunglasses are a combination of regular sunglasses and prescription glasses. They do not only protect your eyes from sunlight, but also help you see better. The glasses have tinted lenses and a strength that is tailored to the needs of your eyes. Prescription sunglasses are available in a wide range of designs, colours and strengths.

When it comes to the strength of a lens, we make a distinction between short-sightedness (myopia) and far-sightedness (hyperopia). If you are short-sighted, you cannot see clearly at a distance, but have no problems seeing up close. In this case, you need glasses with a negative strength, which is expressed in minus or -. If you are far-sighted, you can see well at a distance, but have trouble seeing up close – reading small print, for example. In that case you need glasses with a plus strength. Plus-strength sunglasses are therefore also called sunreaders or reading sunglasses.

What are the advantages of a sunreader?

The biggest advantage of sunreaders is that they block harmful UV radiation, while they still allow you to see sharply up close. By doing so, they prevent your eyes from getting damaged and reduce the risk of cataracts and other eye diseases.

Another benefit of wearing sunreaders is that your eyes do not get tired as quickly. This means you can enjoy that beautiful book or magazine for longer. And lastly, a pair of well-chosen sunglasses gives you a stylish look and helps you to express who you are. There are many trendy frames and colours on the market, so you can always find a sunglass design that suits your style and personality. There are both prescription sunglasses for men and women.

What lenses should I choose for my reading sunglasses?

You should always choose lenses that optimally protect your eyes against UV radiation. You can recognize them by labels such as UV400 or 100% UV.

At Looplabb, all of our reading sunglasses meet this requirement. To make things a little more technical, UV400 means that the lenses absorb 85% of the light, and allow 15% of the light to pass through. In addition to UV protection, the lenses of your reading sunglasses should obviously help you to read better. Therefore, you should find your correct strength. You can test your eyes with an indicative eye test on our website, or have your eyes measured at an optician. Looplabb sells reading sunglasses in strengths from +1.00 to +3.00.

If you need a higher strength, we recommend that you have your eyes measured by your local optician. By the way, the amount of sun does not affect the strength of your glasses.

Average cost of reading sunglasses

Reading sunglasses vary widely in price. The shop in the street sells sunglasses starting at a few euros, while designer prescription sunglasses can cost up to a couple of hundred euros. The price strongly depends on the brand, lenses and design, as well as your prescription. You should bear in mind that the quality of the cheapest glasses is usually not the best, while the quality of sunreaders does not get better above a certain price.

As described before, it is especially important to check whether glasses have UV400 lenses and have the correct strength to let you read well. Another indication of quality is the CE mark, which indicates (in gradations from 1 to 4) how much sunlight is able to pass through the glasses. CE3 is equivalent to UV400 and offers sufficient protection throughout the summer. A TÜV certification, as all Looplabb reading sunglasses have, is another indicator of quality and safety. Looplabb reading sunglasses cost € 34.95.

Where to buy a good sunreader?

You can easily buy optician-grade reading sunglasses online. At Looplabb, for example, we offer designer prescription sunglasses off the rack in three standard strengths. Our online prescription sunglasses can be ordered in a few clicks and will arrive at your doorstep in just one or two days. There is really nothing more to it!

For prescription sunglasses in other strengths than standard, we advise you to head over to your local optician.

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