There’s never been a better time to buy those new sunglasses

Now spring is really in the air and summer is just around the corner, it is more important than ever to remember the importance of quality sunglasses to protect against harmful UV rays – even here in the UK where we don’t often enjoy Mediterranean temperatures!

BBR Optometry stocks a wide range of sun specs from brands including Bolle, Serengeti and Maui Jim, to name but a few, that are all available with or without prescription, so they are suitable for spectacle and contact lens wearers alike.

If you are an EyeLife member, then please remember that you will also qualify for a minimum 20% discount on your new sun specs so there has never been a better opportunity to buy in time for that well-deserved summer holiday.

Daniel Read, BBR practice manager, says: “Quality protective sunglasses are just as important as sun screen when preparing for the summer but it is important to consider where you will wear them most often – driving, playing sport or just for relaxing in the sun.

“When choosing sun spectacles most people will be aware of considerations regarding UV protection and will want something that looks good but can be unaware that there is a huge variation in the quality of the tints available.

“A good sunglass lens can balance light and shade, be comfortable in different light conditions, provide better protection from glare and enhance contrast. BBR recommend starting with finding the right tint for you, and in Maui Jim and Serengeti in particular we offer two of the best manufacturers of sun lenses around. Our Dispensing Opticians are experts in helping you find the right solution for you and are happy to give advice. 

“We offer sun specs specially designed for driving that include a number of technical features including polarisation, light stabilising technology and contrast enhancements to ensure a safe driving experience, even in the most dazzling conditions.

“Serengeti sunglasses were developed with driving in mind. High contrast photochromic lenses adapt to different light conditions from bright to overcast or shaded. The polarised option also cuts out glare reflected from the road’s surface.

“While blocking out harmful UVA and UVB rays, Serengeti lenses darken in bright sunlight and lighten in low light and overcast conditions delivering the ultimate in protection and visual acuity. The lens also undergoes a colour distortion test to make sure the colours seen while driving are correct. 

“If it’s sunglasses for sport that you need then we can offer contrast enhancement for playing golf as well as lightweight well-ventilated sunglasses for running or cycling while Bolle products are worn all over the world and prove particularly popular with tennis players.

“For sun-worshippers, we understand that image can be everything and Maui Jim combines great styling with its exceptional lenses,” he added.

Maui Jim have been created on the Hawaiian Islands to make the colours shine. These sunglasses feature patented PolarizedPlus2® lens technology for brilliant colour so every detail is crisper and cleaner without glare or harmful UV. 

Daniel adds: “New for 2017, BBR is delighted to now be offering the Barbour range of sunglasses for men and women. Built on quality and signature Barbour detailing, the collection offers classic sunglasses styles and shapes which makes it easy for you to select a style that suits you.

“Every pair of Barbour sun specs also comes with a signature green Barbour branded carrycase and cleaning cloth to ensure they stand the test of time,” he added.

Our top tips for buying the right sunglasses for you:

  1. Make sure you buy sunglasses to suit where you will wear them most and consider the quality of tint and fit of the frame
  2. Buy the best quality possible – by law all sunglasses should conform to the European standard and be CE marked and British Standard BSEN 1836:1997 which ensures UV protection up to 380nm. The best sunglasses, though, will provide protection up to 400nm.

So why not come in and see our exciting range of sunglasses now and make sure you are ready for summer, whatever the weather brings. 

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