Lichfield Street Opticians in Wolverhampton

Caring for Wolverhampton’s eyes since 1863

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Enjoy the Sun Without Worries...

We stock a great range of sunglasses that offer great benefits to you and your family.  They make for great fashion accessories, accentuating your style and can make any look work better.  At Lichfield Street Opticians we have a variety of sunglasses to suit all styles and tastes with frames from Anna Sui, Converse, Ted Baker and Polaroid.  If you don’t want an extra set of glasses to carry around, we also offer a variety of alternatives such as tinted lenses, polarised lenses or photochromic Transitions lenses as options for your prescription glasses as well as Sunclips.


Why Wear Sunglasses?

Apart from looking stylish, good quality sunglasses do so much more – they provide UV protection, reduce glare from the sun, give your eyes extra protection from the elements and can help to reduce eye strain and resultant headaches.

Kids with Polaroid Sunglasses

Protection from UV Rays

As well as light and heat, the sun gives off a steady stream of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. We all know that this can be harmful to our skin, but it can also threaten the health of our eyes.  UV has been linked with common-occurring eye problems such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Our sunglasses conform to UV400 protection standards that will block 100% of the Sun's harmful UV rays.  They can also protect the delicate skin around your eyes that are also susceptible to the effects of UV – such as premature aging.

Chic Fashion for her from Polaroid

Glare on road without Polarised Lenses

Reduces Glare

Everywhere you go, light is reflected from every surface.  Some surfaces reflect light better than others, which can become a problem when you need to see clearly.  Wet roads, fallen snow, windows, and hot road surfaces can all reflect sunlight.  This light is bounced off in all directions and can appear as harshly bright glare. The effect is also visible when the sun itself is directly in view. This is extremely dangerous when driving. Not only is it distracting, it can cause eye irritation and worse still, the glare can distort your vision.

Sunglasses reduce glare which makes for safer, more comfortable vision. Certain coloured tints, such as yellow and brown lenses, improve the contrast between light and shadows, which can help to alleviate these problems and improve vision.

Polarised sunglasses however, use horizontal polarisation to eliminate horizontal light waves - the type and wavelengths of light that causes glare. These lenses are therefore especially effective at heavily reducing glare especially when driving - not only during the day in the sun, but also at night under the artificial street lighting.

Glare reduction on road with Polarised Lenses
Wrapped Sunglasses protect you from the elements

Protection from the Elements

Many designs of sunglasses feature larger lenses. Others have distinctively sporty 'wraparound' styles. These design mechanics are more than just for show - they further protect your eyes because your sunglasses functions as a wind barrier. Your eyes are shielded from heavier particles in the air, which can lead to corneal abrasions.

Wearing sunglasses, especially outdoors – such as when cycling, hiking or playing sports – will reduce the rate of tear evaporation around your eyes, which helps to keep them moist and comfortable. They will also prevent contact lenses from drying out in the middle of the day meaning one less thing for you to worry about!

Bright light can lead to headaches caused by eyestrain

Reduces Eyestrain

At the front of your eyes, your irises control how much light is taken in through your pupils.  In darkness or dim light, they dilate to let more light into your eyes. In bright conditions your pupils constrict to reduce the amount of light passing through.

But there is a limit to how much light your pupils can restrict. In very bright light, when you reach this limit, you will naturally start to squint – where you partially close your eyes to further reduce your light intake. After a few minutes this can lead to muscle fatigue and the constant constriction of the pupils can lead to headaches and eyestrain.

Sunglasses reduce the amount of light before it hits your eyes, keeping light levels at a more comfortable level meaning that you might never need to squint whilst wearing them, removing the threat of associated headaches.


Sunglasses, Tints, Sun-Flips and Clip-Ons

At Lichfield Street Opticians you can find an exciting range of sunglasses for children and adults alike to provide you and your family with 100% UV400 protection, and most models can be made with prescription lenses, if need be. We also offer a range of alternatives, such as tints for your prescription lenses and clip-on shades that mean you won’t need to change your glasses!

Link to Polaroid Sunglasses page Link to Ted Baker sunglasses
Link to Anna Sui's fashion webpages
Link to Converse sunnies webpages
Lady with Sunglasses for Great Health!

Sun-Flips and Clip-Ons

Clip-Ons are sunglasses without sides. Instead, they have small tabs which are designed to clip onto the frame of your existing spectacles. As they are designed to fit as many spectacle frames as possible, there is a wide selection of shapes and sizes which are all built with a highly flexible brow bar which allows them to fit a variety of frames.

Sun-Flips follow a similar concept although they clip onto the bridge of your spectacle frame and can be flipped up allowing you to see through your glasses as normal. These are useful if you wish to flit between the protection of sunglasses and your usual vision but do not want to carry extra glasses - ideal for holidays!