Your vision is precious — protect your eyes from the sun

We protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun, however we often neglect our eyes. Ultraviolet radiation can cause adverse effects to our eyes. Studies have suggested that prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause increased risk of macular degeneration of the retina (AMD ), cataract of the intraocular lens, corneal damage, and ocular adnexal (conjunctival or eyelid ) melanomas.

Your optometrist can advise on which type of sunglasses will best protect your eyes for sports or social needs. Children in particular are extremely sensitive, and without protection are all the more susceptible to long term damage. The eyes of a child under the age of 10 transmit more than 75 per cent of UV radiation, compared to 10 per cent in adults over the age of 25.

Optique Opticians advises the use of sunglasses for the protection of children’s vulnerable eyes. There are many different types available with 100 per cent UV protection, which can be polarised in prescription format.

Whether for driving, golf, sailing, biking, or running, there are a multitude of different lens types that provide 100 per cent UVA/UVB protection which are available in your prescription. Optique offers an extensive range of sports sunglasses, most notably Oakley, Maui Jim, Adidas, Bollé, and Vuarnet. Polarised lenses (also in prescription ) eliminate glare and enhance contrast and depth of vision.

Owned by optometrist Elaine O’Sullivan, FAOI, Optique Opticians is located next to Dunnes on Level One, Briarhill Shopping Centre, Ballybrit, Galway. The state of the art opticians provides free parking and is wheelchair accessible. Optique offers an amazing range of designer and lower cost fashion glasses and sunglasses. Optique also offers discounts to company employees and sports club members.

Optique Opticians, Level One, Briarhill Shopping Centre, Ballybrit, Galway, phone 091 386669. Book your appointment online at


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