It is important to protect both your children’s and your own eyes from sun damage, not just on sunny days, but all year round.


Over exposure to UV light can damage different parts of the eye and the sensitive skin around the eyes. This may lead to cataracts and macula degeneration causing a reduction in vision in later life.

As the prime function of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from exposure to this harmful radiation, we recommend that you choose only good quality sunglasses that block the maximum possible amount of UV rays.


When you’re buying your sunglasses, you’re likely to spend some time choosing a pair which looks good. But you also need to think about the level of UV protection you are getting. You might also want to consider some additional features to help you see clearly and comfortably.


Not all sunglasses offer the same level of UV protection. At Hanson Opticians all our sunglasses meet the EU standards for UV protection.

UV rays can enter the eye from the back of the eye as well as the front. At Hanson Opticians our lenses provide UV protection on both the front and back of the lens for all round UV protection.


When light is reflected off surfaces like roads, water and windows, it can cause glare which can affect your vision and be distracting. Polarised lenses reduce this glare, making them useful in a number of situations.




They can:

  • Help you see clearly if you are driving, especially if the sun is low in the sky
  • Give you clearer vision during activities like fishing, skiing, or if you are on a beach
  • Help prevent your eyes feeling tired and strained in bright conditions


All our sunglasses come with a tint, which offers UV protection and filters out bright light. The colour of the tint does not affect the level of protection but it can provide some added benefits. You can change the tint your sunglasses automatically come with to one which better suits your needs.


There are a number of options available but the most common are:


 GreenTintGreen tints: Many classic sunglasses come with a subtle greenish tint which is barely noticeable to the naked eye. This provides good colour contrast which helps give you more precise and comfortable vision.



Grey Tint

Grey tints: These have a dimming effect on bright light, while also providing sharp and crisp vision, without interfering with colour perception or contrast. They are great for activities like driving and running because they help identify obstacles on surfaces like roads.



Brown tintBrown tints: These add a slight brown tint to your vision which has a softening effect that makes it more comfortable to see in bright light. This helps your eyes adapt better when going between the outdoors and indoors.



MirroredBlueMirrored blue or silver tints: These are popular, particularly in blue, because they add a stylish edge to sunnies. They offer no additional practical benefit, like other tints, but give your look an up-to-date finish.




Sunglasses for your style & budget

At Hanson Opticians, we have a wide range of sunglasses to choose from to suit different budgets and styles. So, why not get yourself a pair of sunglasses you feel stylish and safe in.