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Written on06/10/2010


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Take shelter in shades to protect eyes from harsh rays

Keep an eye on your health. Wearing sunglasses helps protect your peepers from UV damage.

Sunglasses are a staple part of most summer wardrobes, but did you know they are as good for your health as they are for your style rating?

Just like your skin your eyes need protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. We only get one pair of eyes, so all Boots sunglasses offer 100% UV protection meaning you can enjoy the sunshine safely - and in style.

Children's eyes are particularly susceptible to the harm from UV rays so don't forget to pick a pair of sunglasses for them too!

How to buy the right sunglasses


Having the right lenses in your sunglasses may help you enjoy the sights more, whether you are enjoying a read outdoors or playing sport

Here are a few things to consider when you are picking your sunnies:

Hitting the bright lights?

Sunglasses have different filter categories depending on the tint of their lenses. Filter category one has a light tint for low brightness - even on a cloudy day the sun's rays can still reach us. The highest category, three, is best for high brightness, like when you're on holiday or enjoying a trip to the beach on a beaming sunny day

The right filter category may help you better distinguish colours and stay safer when doing things like driving.

Gardening or golf course?

You might also want to consider picking a specialist lens to suit what you will you be doing while wearing your sunglasses:

Getting sporty


Polarised lenses help cut out sunlight reflected off flat surfaces, like water and roads. So whether you are sailing or cycling, they'll help stop glare from interfering with your inner athlete. We can't guarantee a new winning streak, but it should definitely help you look sharper at your game!

Indoor to outdoor


Transitions™ lenses adapt to changing light to help reduce glare and eye fatigue. So, whether you want year round protection or you're popping from seaside to beach hut these may be the lenses for you.

Behind the wheel


Time for that road trip? You've got your route mapped and the camper van's at the ready. You might also want to consider driving lenses, which combine the benefits of polarised and Transitions™ lenses to help reduce blinding glare and brightness.

They also enhance the colour red to help make it easier for you to recognise brake and traffic lights and they help give high contrast vision in all light conditions.

Look sharp

If you are as attached to your sunglasses as a celebrity dashing through an airport, then you might want to consider getting a pair that will give the sharpest possible vision.

Ask your Boots optician about which sunglasses you can get prescription glazed for more precise vision. Our store locator can help you find your nearest Boots Opticians.

UV Protect Plus: New and exclusive to Boots, UV Protect Plus not only offer the highest level of protection against UV but are reflection free, scratch and smudge resistant!

Read Take to the shade for our top sunglasses styles.

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Take shelter in shades to protect eyes from harsh rays

Hitting the bright lights?

Sunglasses have different filter categories depending on the tint of their lenses. Filter category one has a light tint for low brightness, category three is best for high brightness.

Gardening or golf course?

Pick a specialist lens to suit your summer time activity:
Polarised lenses help cut out sunlight reflected off flat surfaces, like water and roads.

Indoor to outdoor

Transitions™ lenses adapt to changing light to help reduce glare and eye fatigue.

Behind the wheel

Driving lenses combine the benefits of polarised and Transitions™ lenses to help reduce blinding glare and brightness.

Look sharp

Ask your Boots Optician about which sunglasses you can get prescription glazed for more precise vision. Our store locator can help you find your nearest Boots Opticians.

UV Protect Plus: New and exclusive to Boots, UV Protect Plus not only offer the highest level of protection against UV but are reflection free, scratch and smudge resistant!

Boots Opticians is offering £20 off when you upgrade to our special sun lenses this summer*.

*Find out more about Boots Opticians range of sun lens upgrades in store. Terms and Conditions apply, see in store for details.

Read Take to the shade at boots.com/bootscamp for this summer's top sunglasses styles.

Sunnies in the spotlight:


Polarised Lenses: upgrade with Boots opticians for £70

Ladies brown tortoise shell with diamante temples and polarised lenses

Driving Lenses:

Boots Polarised- Mens gunmetal aviator with polarised lenses

Prescription Glazable:

Orla Kiely SOK010 Pink and Blue Women's Prescription Sunglasses

Kids:
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