Although sunglasses are part of today's fashion, ultraviolet ray protections should be considered as the most important aspect of the sunglass. Most "street corner" sun wear do not have maximum UV protection even if marked. These lenses must be ground of optical quality lens, free of distractions and imperfections. A quality pair of sunglasses purchased at Milano Optical should have all these qualities as well as desired tints and shapes. A licensed optician will help you pitch the right tint and other choices like photo chromic or polarized lenses. Our opticians at Milano Optical will take their time explaining these options and their benefits. At any given time there are about 250 sunglasses for you to choose from. These sunglasses should be large enough to protect eyes against UV damage which is known to cause many problems.

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For truer colour , gray, brown, or green tints are preferred. A gray tint filters light evenly across the spectrum, leaving colour s virtually unchanged.

People with normal colour vision usually are able to adapt to most lens colour s except medium or dark blue which may interfere with some people's ability to distinguish the colour s of traffic lights.

Blue absorbing (blocking) lenses which may enhance contrast under certain conditions, produce colour discrimination losses and are inadvisable for driving for those with severe red-green colour vision defects.

While some light tints may help with indoor glare they should not be used as sunglasses. Sunglasses must have more than colour to protect the eye from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

There are so many tinted glasses available today that it is difficult for the consumer to determine which ones are effective for their needs. Ontario's Opticians want you to know the facts about sunglasses. Even though people often think of sunglasses as a fashion accessory there are two main reasons for wearing sunglasses: to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun and to reduce the amount of light and glare that reaches the eye thus providing more comfortable vision.

Polarized Lenses

Since polarized lenses filter out glare from a horizontal surface, many people find polarizing lenses helpful for driving, boating or snowmobiling.


The lenses should be ground, free of distortions and imperfections and should also be matched for colour. Both glass and plastic lenses are available in prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. Plastic lenses are lighter than glass; but plastic lenses tend to scratch more easily than glass. Either glass or plastic can be obtained with UV protection . The type of tint you want may dictate the material you choose. Not all tints are available in both glass and plastic

Photochromic Lenses

A photochromic tint darkens as it is exposed to ultraviolet light. The darkness depends on thickness, age, and tempering of the lens. Temperature makes a difference and the lenses will be darker on cold days than on warm days. As the lens darkness depends on exposure to ultraviolet light, they will never be as dark behind a car windshield as they are in natural outdoor sunlight and some indoor lighting conditions may prevent them from reaching their lightest state.

If you are considering photochromic lenses as all purpose glasses, you should consult your licensed optician. They may not be the best choice for everyone as photochromic lenses always screen out some light. Older adults, for example, usually need more light to see.


Sunlight contains both infrared and ultraviolet radiation. While the body has a natural defense mechanism to protect against infrared radiation under normal outdoor conditions, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that ultraviolet radiation is harmful to the eye.

To avoid damage to your eyes the Ontario Association of Opticians recommends that you wear sunglasses that protect against ultraviolet radiation. Other important considerations include lens quality, lens material, frame, and comfort.


  • Ultraviolet protection is important.
  • Lenses should be free of distortion and imperfections.
  • Lenses should be colour matched.
  • Lenses should be large enough to protect your eyes.
  • Frame should fit comfortably.
  • Sunglasses are only for daytime outdoor wear.

Consult your eye care professionals

Choosing the Perfect Features for You

The key to finding the perfect pair of sunglasses is to pick the right features for your situation. Here are some of the most important features to compare when you buy a pair of sunglasses:

Lens material, Lens quality, Lens darkness, Special coatings or features, Frame and lens design, Frame material, and Brand recognition.

Our prices are very competitive, and we offer the best service and assured quality. For adult, kids, or those requiring classic elegance, we sell over 200 styles with assorted colours.

Risk Factors

Certain factors are known to contribute to your risk of eye damage from UV radiation.

Cataract surgery involves the removal of the eye's natural lens. This leaves the retina vulnerable to potential damage from ultraviolet radiation.

Certain prescription drugs are known to increase sensitivity to UV radiation. Oral contraceptives and tetracyclines are but two of many such drugs.

Those who spend most of their day outdoors, work near snow, sand and water, live in high altitudes or near the equator, or use sunlamps or tanning salons should ensure adequate UV protection for their eyes.

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