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Are there any potential issues with prescription sunglasses?


Sunglasses are necessary as part of a good sun protection routine, as they help to block out rays from the sun that can damage the eyes. Such eyewear should be able to stop 100 per cent of UV (ultraviolet) rays. Whether they are purely sunglasses, or come with a prescription, be sure to check to make sure they are up to this sun-safety standard.

Prescription sunglasses are a good option for people who need corrective eyewear, but also want to make the most of time outdoors. Prescription sunglasses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with frames that will suit any face and additional options such as the tint and mirror coatings available to ensure the glasses are exactly what you're after.

As with ordinary prescription glasses, there are some issues that can arise with prescription sunglasses.

Are my prescription sunglasses making me dizzy ?Dizziness is a common complaint from those who start wearing prescription sunglasses. This often occurs for those who start wearing prescription glasses when they haven't done so before. For most people this will last just a few days or up to a week until the eyes become accustomed to the prescription lenses. If you are still feeling dizzy beyond this first week, it might be a good time to speak with your optometrist to ensure the prescription is correct. Others will notice this dizziness even if they have worn prescription sunglasses previously, as any new prescription is an adjustment and may take time to grow accustomed to.

To speed up the process of getting used to new glasses, try to wear them for longer periods of time to give the eyes more of a chance to adjust. If dizziness occurs and does not pass quickly, remove the glasses until you no longer feel giddy.Are my prescription sunglasses causing blurry vision?Another potential issue that can arise with new prescription sunglasses is that the image appears blurry or fuzzy. While this is uncommon, it is a good sign that the prescription could be incorrect. It could be the case that the prescription in the lens is a little off, or the frames are not sitting appropriately on your face. 

Smaller mistakes in these areas can lead to a slight blur in vision, while larger mistakes can lead to headaches caused by the eye strain, or even dizziness. This issue is easily fixed. A slight adjustment in the lens or frame may be all that is required, so get in touch with your optometrist if this is a problem for you.

Are my prescription sunglasses causing headaches? If you have started wearing prescription sunglasses and are experiencing headaches, there is a chance they could come from the eyewear. Headaches are occasionally caused by a new prescription as the eyes adjust to the vision correction. Similarly to dizziness, this adjustment period should last just a few days until you are used to wearing the glasses. If you are switching between your usual prescription glasses and sunglasses with the same corrective lenses for outdoor use, then your eyes shouldn't have to adjust to the new eyewear quite as much.

After a week of wearing prescription sunglasses, you should no longer be experiencing headaches. If this is the case, it may be necessary to speak to your optometrist to locate the cause of the problem, which could be an incorrect prescription or something else.