Dr. Sophia Barnes voted Best Optometrist By ThreeBestRated.com!

Sunglasses Specialist

Vision Corner

Located in Uptown Plaza, Uptown, Galleria, River Oaks, River Oaks District, Afton Oaks, Highland Village, Upper Kirby, & Houston, TX

Do you want to look stylish while protecting your eyes from the harmful UV rays in sunlight? Visit Sophia Barnes, OD, and the team at Vision Corner in Houston, Texas, for a wide selection of sunglasses with professional optical quality lenses to suit every style and budget. Call Vision Corner or make an appointment online today.

Sunglasses Q & A

Why do I need to wear sunglasses?

You might think that sunglasses are a fashion statement and merely prevent squinting in bright sunlight, but they play a far more important role in protecting your eye health. 

You know that the UV rays in sunlight are harmful to your skin — they accelerate the aging process and contribute to skin cancer. UV rays are also harmful to your eye health. Extended exposure to UV rays contributes to your risk of eye diseases including:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Pterygium

You can also get a corneal sunburn, also known as photokeratitis, if you spend too much time in the sun without protective eyewear. 

Additionally, sunglasses protect the delicate skin around your eyes, preventing wrinkles and discoloration.

What do I need to consider when choosing sunglasses?

Like when you choose new eye glasses, you need to consider your frames, lenses, and lens coatings when you buy sunglasses. Vision Corner offers polarized and nonpolarized lenses, UV-blocking lenses, and coatings to reduce glare and limit the risk of scratches and damage to your sunglass lenses. 

Your sunglasses should suit your facial shape. You might also want to consider a larger frame than you would wear indoors. A large frame covers your whole eye socket, protecting your eyes as well as the skin that surrounds them. 

Talk to the optical team about your lifestyle and style preferences to find the best sunglasses to meet your needs. The practice carries a wide range of brands, and most frames, even if they’re not specifically designed as sunglasses, can be fitted with tinted, UV blocking lenses. 

Some of the available brands include:

  • MODO®
  • Cartier®
  • Tom Ford®
  • Maui Jim®
  • Oliver Peoples®
  • Ray-Ban®
  • Chloé™
  • Salvatore Ferragamo®
  • Draper James
  • Life Is Good®
  • Dragon®
  • Gucci®
  • Lightec®
  • Silhouette
  • Flexon®
  • Kate Spade®
  • Calvin Klein
  • Jaguar®

Additionally, if you need prescription sunglasses, the team can provide an eye exam to confirm your prescription. You also have the option to get polarized or transition sunglasses as well. 

Why should I invest in optical-grade sunglasses?

All sunglasses are not created equal. While you can pick up a pair of sunglasses just about anywhere, cheap sunglasses don’t provide the same level of protection as optical-grade sunglasses. Most insurance plans contribute to optical-grade sunglasses, especially if you need prescription lenses.

At Vision Corner, all sunglasses have UV-blocking lenses that not only shade your eyes and make it easier to see but also protect your eyes. Your eyes are critical to your overall well-being, invest in high-quality sunglasses to protect them. 

Call Vision Corner or make an appointment online to learn about your sunglasses options and if your insurance plan covers sunglasses.