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Sunglasses and protecting your eyes

The sun is out – time for those Sunglasses

We are all very aware these days of the dangers of UV light to our skin and the mantra of reapplying sunscreen on a regular basis – excellent – hopefully we have all nailed that and are protecting our skin whilst still getting that much sought after Vitamin D – but have you considered how to protect your eyes from those unwanted rays?

UV protection


So, an easy thing to do first is to invest in a stylish hat – something with a rim to help keep the rays off your face – will also have the added benefit of protecting your ears and the back of your neck – these are some styles that are popular in Summer 2017 –

Some hats hitting the high street Summer 17!

Some hats hitting the high street Summer 17!

Some are a little OTT – however I think you get the idea.  A nice hat is a great fashion accessory to an outfit as would the right pair of spectacles or sunglasses.

mirror lens lady

The actual eye protection isn’t related to how dark the lens is.  Sun lenses have a special UV protection.  So, if you purchased a very dark lens without the UV protection you could do a significant amount of damage to the eyes.

All sunglasses should carry the CE or British Standards mark.  This is incredibly important for children’s eye wear as their young eyes are more at risk of damage.

The guidelines should your wish to read them are:

So, what are the options:

Tinted lenses

These can come in variety of colours and shades – a popular finish is graduated.  These are fixed tints in that once they have been dyed they will remain the same.

We have some lovely finishes on lenses now – the mirror surface is really on trend and there is a whole variety of colours – one to match every outfit!

Mirror finishes available at Coton & Hamblin

Mirror finishes available at Coton & Hamblin

Transitions Lenses

The iconic colour of style in everyday adaptive lenses. Designed to quickly adapt from being clear while indoors, to fully dark in brightest sun.

Cool specs, looking good in mid light and trendy sunnies in bright light. All in one lens.

Cool specs, looking good in mid light and trendy sunnies in bright light. All in one lens.


Avoid the discomfort of bright light outdoors, without the need for separate glasses and sunglasses. Transitions Signature lenses react rapidly to changing light conditions outdoors, and return to clear when you come back inside. They also prevent long-term eye damage by blocking out harmful UV rays.

Transitions photochromic lenses have created flawless clear vision by combining the strengths of our Varilux Transitions and Crizal products. That means rapid reaction to changes in outdoor light, leading anti-UV and anti-glare technology, and resistance to smudges, dust, and water.

Our patented Chromea 7 colour technology makes lenses more responsive to a range of lighting and temperature conditions and they have an Eye-Sun Protection Factor (E-SPF) of 25+, meaning 25 times more protection than without lenses.


  • Block 100% of UV rays
  • Offer comfort and convenience
  • Adapt continuously to light
  • Fast fade back speed


We’re so confident you will fall in love with your new Transitions Adaptive Lenses that we offer a 60 day love ’em or leave ’em satisfaction guarantee.

In my opinion I always thought Transitions were for older patients – but since the Graphite Green came out and I actually tried a pair I am a convert – they are great – especially on holidays – not having the switch between clear prescription specs and tinted.  They are now a MUST have on my list of which spectacles I need and I often wear them as my normal everyday pair of specs.

transitions lady

Xperio Lenses

Less glare, more colour, total protection. Xperio Polarising lenses offer greater protection, comfort, and safety, outdoors and when driving.


More than a just a sun lens Xperio Polarising lenses eliminate glare, enhance colour and contrast, whilst protecting the eyes from damaging UV rays. They’re ideal for driving, sports, and other outdoor activities, and for people with light sensitivity.


Xperio polarising lenses have an Eye-Sun Protection Factor of 50+, which means they give your eyes 50 times more protection than wearing no lenses. They come in a range of colours, including brown, blue-sky, blue-purple, grey, grey-green and violet. Available as prescription lenses, the Xperio polarising range is available across a wide range of materials and designs.

Xperio lenses - polarizing lenses - significantly reduce glare

Xperio lenses – polarizing lenses – significantly reduce glare

That’s a very quick round up on the lenses that we can offer.  The main message is to protect your eyes from sun damage.

For real life demonstrations on how these lenses look and feel come in and ask a member of staff o show you using the Nautilus – a virtual reality simulator.

Normal prescription lenses also contain some UV protection – another blog post to come on how to protect your eyes from the other light sources than can affect your vision.

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