prescription sunglasses & eye doctor

Are Prescription Sunglasses Really Worth it?

No matter if it’s summer or winter, your eyes are vulnerable to sun rays without a pair of prescriptions sunglasses:

  • – Sunglasses help reduce the signs of aging.
  • – All sunglasses offer protection from ultraviolet rays. 

If you wear prescription eyeglasses, you owe it to yourself to consider your options for prescription glasses that protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Prescription sunglasses from Northeast Laser are designed with your eyes in mind, ensuring you receive superior protection from UV rays while still improving your eyesight. Perhaps you aren’t entirely convinced you need custom sunglasses. Let’s dive into their advantages, things to consider, and more.


To lower your chances of experiencing cataracts from spending a lot of time outside in Springfield, don a pair of prescription sunglasses. Reducing your eyes’ exposure to the sun cuts your chances of getting cataracts by roughly 20%. In addition, sunglasses protect your eyes from dangerous ultraviolet A and B rays, which are present in the winter and stronger during cloudy days.

Even if you don’t spend a lot of time outside, we still recommend you wear sunglasses with prescription lenses. Many of the electronic devices we use emit harmful blue light, leading to several eye issues, such as macular degeneration.

Speaking of macular degeneration, even if a Springfield eye specialist already diagnosed you with the disease, you can weaken the effects of the condition with proper eye protection. A pair of sunglasses wards off less common eye ailments, such as astigmatism, sunburned corneas, and photokeratitis, which triggers discomfort and light sensitivity. 

Things To Consider

Now that you have a better idea of why you should order a prescription pair of sunglasses, we’d like to share a few facts to keep in mind while narrowing your options. If you feel you’re fine with the magnetic or clip-on sun shields you use for your regular eyeglasses, consider how much you spend on replacements after breaking or losing the item. You and your wallet may be better off with custom sunglasses.

Are you due for a pair of new prescription lenses soon? If so, ask your eye care specialist if you qualify for a discount if you buy new glasses and prescription lenses that offer UV protection at the same time.

Those who spend a lot of time out and about in West Springfield exploring nature may enjoy the convenience of slipping on prescription sunglasses. No longer do you have to squint or miss out on sites because of blinding sun rays.

Your eye care provider can work with you to better determine if a good pair of protective UV lenses fit your current lifestyle, no matter if you’re a nature enthusiast or spend a lot of time in front of electronic screens.


While talking with your eye care specialist, we recommend going over a few precautions. For instance, depending on your prescription’s strength, you may require thicker protective lenses. If so, ask about high-index lenses, which give you the strength you need to see better in sunlight without wearing massive lenses.

You may also want to think about getting a classic style of UV glasses. That way, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing style while improving and protecting your eyesight outside.

Contact Us

If you live in the West Springfield, MA area and would like more information on prescription sunglasses, reach out to Northeast Laser today. Call (413) 363-2732 or contact us online.

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