Sunny Days Are Here!

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Congratulations everyone! We’ve rounded the winter bend and can pack away the parkas and boots for next year! Spring is here bringing longer days, more sun, and gloriously warm temperatures. After a winter like we just had, we definitely support spending as much time as possible soaking up the nice weather, just make sure you’ve got your eyes covered.

It is a well-known fact that light exposure from the sun can be very harmful to our bodies and cause irreversible damage if proper protective steps are not taken. Many people use sunscreen to shield their skin from the rays, but they often neglect protecting their eyes which are just as vulnerable. Fortunately, a simple solution exists in sunglasses.

Acting like sunscreen for the eyes, sunglasses are the best way to protect the eyes from daily UV rays that are present not just on sunny days but cloudy and rainy ones as well. Unfortunately, not every pair of sunglasses can guarantee you the same level of protection. If your sunglasses fail to block the proper light rays, there is a larger opening for light to travel through and an increased opportunity for tissue damage.

To make sure you’re getting the most protection out of your sunglasses, start by choosing the lenses and spend as much time picking these out as you would the frames. Look for the following qualities:

  • 100% UVA/UVB Protection
  • Blue & Violet Light Filters
  • Polarized Lenses
  • Back Surface AR Coating
  • Selective Colour Filtering
  • Full Physical Wrap
  • Distortion Free Optics

To ensure your sunglasses are giving you optimal protection, visit your local IRIS Store to chat with an optician about the available options and to check out the vast selection.

CARP members receive the following benefits from IRIS:

  • $50 Sunglasses Certificate
  • $150 Instant Rebate on Prescription Eyeglasses and Prescription Sunglasses
  • $500 Laser Vision Correction Certificate