Sunglasses tint guide

Sunglasses tint guide (so you know what to ask for when looking at sunglasses). Note that many High Street opticians may not give you a choice however!

Light transmission is how much light gets through the tint on the lens (in % terms). The lower the class, the more light gets through (and the less UV protection you have). Class 0 and 1 provide NO UV protection (this includes the lower portion of a graduated tint).

Class 0 : 80-100% (clear) - use indoors or on overcast days. No limitations.

Class 1 : 43 - 80% (light tint) - use for low sunlight.

Class 2 : 18 - 42% (medium tint) - medium sunlight.

Class 3 : 8%-18% (dark tint) - bright sunlight.

Class 4 : 3 - 8% (very dark tint) - exceptionally bright sunlight. Not suitable for driving.

Polarised lenses are usually around 15% absorbtion.

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Its time for sunglasses!

sunglasses We haven't seen much of it recently but sunshine seems to be making a comeback. Forget snowdrops and buds on the tree - the first sign of spring seems to be sunglasses making an appearance.

Driving a car, walking to the shops, taking the dog for a walk...all of a sudden the sun seems to be in your eyes all the time.

Our range of sun protection lenses is wide and varied to meet all eventualities. We offer Transitions photochromic lenses - some of which stay dark behind the windscreen of the car (most photochromic lenses don't, by the way). Or UV protected tints and lenses to turn virtually any frame into a pair of sunglasses.

We also provide polarised lenses and mirrored lenses (if that's your preference).

All can be made to your prescription and to your specification (including distance glasses, reading glasses for the beach, bifocal and varifocal sunglasses....).

So if the sun is starting to get in your eyes, then give us a call.