Brand Spotlight: Persol

Brand Spotlight: Persol

By Klaudia Pasternak

Persol

Beginning its journey in the charming city of Turin, Persol has gained global recognition for its timeless style, sophistication and innovation. 

Join us on a journey through the history, style and appeal that define the brand.

Exploring the evolution of Persol

Persol, founded by Giuseppe Ratti, began its journey in the 20th century.

Drawing inspiration from his background in optics and engineering, Ratti purchased an optical store in the middle of the city in 1917 and created one of the most famous and innovative glasses manufacturers in the eyewear industry.

Ratti named these sunglasses Persol, stemming from the Italian phrase “Per il sole,” meaning “For the sun.” What set these glasses apart was the introduction of the “3-notch bridge,” a simple yet revolutionary design aimed at enhancing flexibility. 

This pioneering innovation transformed the comfort of sunglasses, marking a significant advancement in the eyewear industry.

Shortly after this discovery, Persol sunglasses gained popularity, attracting the attention of international celebrities, making the brand an authentic emblem of Italian style.

Throughout the 20th century, Persol’s popularity and reputation continued to grow.

Persol

The 649 model, an ever-present in the Persol collection that was first launched in the 1950s, became a truly iconic silhouette thanks to its appearance on the silver screen, further cementing the Italian brand’s status as one of the top players in the industry. 

Fast forward to the 1990s, Persol embarked on a significant chapter in its history with its acquisition by Luxottica. Since then, the brand has been a strong leader in the eyewear market. 

Unraveling the quality of Persol eyewear

Crafted with the finest materials and employing artisanal techniques passed down through generations, Persol eyewear stands as a testament to Italian luxury, and its eyewear goes beyond being a fashion statement. 

Aesthetics aside, Persol also places a premium on functionality and durability. 

Whether shielding eyes from the sun’s rays with polarised lenses or enhancing clarity with clear lenses, Persol ensures that each pair delivers both style and substance.

Persol’s commitment to excellence is deeply rooted in their dedication to quality control.

Persol

Each product undergoes thorough examination, guaranteeing unmatched quality and attention to detail in every aspect.

This unwavering commitment to quality not only upholds Persol’s reputation as a premium eyewear brand but also ensures customer satisfaction and trust in every purchase.

Choosing the perfect pair of Persol eyeglasses

Selecting a pair of Persol eyeglasses is all about finding the right balance of style and comfort.

With Persol’s diverse range of eyeglasses, featuring their iconic arrowhead hinge design, choosing the ideal pair of professional and sophisticated glasses becomes an exciting journey.

Whether your preference leans towards classic rectangular or square frames, Persol offers an extensive selection of designs and colours, including timeless options like black, tortoiseshell and metal, ensuring there’s a perfect match to complement your distinctive style.

Ultimately, what truly sets these glasses apart is the fact that they ensure maximum comfort, balance and a perfect fit without feeling restrictive.

Choosing the perfect pair of Persol sunglasses

When it comes to Persol sunglasses, wearers are also spoilt for choice with an array of styles and features.

The most popular frames from the brand are either their pilot or oval shaped sunglasses. These classic styles are loved for their timeless charm and top-notch quality.

In addition to their style versatility, Persol sunglasses also excel in shielding your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays

This proves invaluable for those who enjoy spending ample time outdoors. Whether you’re hiking trails, lounging at a park, or simply enjoying a stroll, opting for Persol sunglasses means you are not only safeguarding your eyesight, but you’re also prioritising your overall health.

The timeless appeal of Persol frames

The timeless appeal of Persol frames lies in their fusion of classic design and modern craftsmanship.

To this day, Persol remains dedicated to enhancing its existing frames while also venturing into new technologies and materials to advance its products further.

So, if you’re looking for quality and glasses that will stand the test of time, Persol might just be the perfect match for you.

Polarised Sunglasses: a Must-Have for Outdoor Activities

Polarised Sunglasses: a Must-Have for Outdoor Activities

By Ivana Yankova
Reviewed by Beck Jinnette​
Beck Jinnette​

Reviewed by

Beck Jinnette​
Beck has over 17 years of experience in eye care and holds her Certificate IV in Dispensing in Australia.
Discover the key benefits of polarised sunglasses for an outdoor lifestyle.
man and woman wearing polarised sunglasses outdoors

If you’ve ever been dazzled by blinding glare while enjoying the great outdoors, it would be worth your while to consider investing in a pair of polarised sunglasses. 

Whether you’re driving down a sunlit road or going hiking in the mountains, polarised lenses can make all the difference between a squinty, uncomfortable experience and one where you’re fully present in the moment.

In this article we’ll look into how these innovative lenses work and why they might just become your new favourite accessory.

What are polarised sunglasses?

Think of polarised sunglasses as your personal light filter. 

Polarised lenses are designed to filter out horizontal light rays, which are commonly found on reflective surfaces like snow, sand and water, reducing glare and enhancing contrast to better protect eyes. They’re a stark contrast to non-polarised lenses, which lack this glare-reducing feature. 

how polarised glasses work

What makes them so good for outdoor activities?

Polarised sunglasses for sports and outdoor use have become a crucial part of athletes’ and adventurers’ gear. Let’s look at why.

Glare reduction

Whether you’re out at sea or taking a curve on a mountain road, polarised lenses help reduce glare so you can keep your eyes on the prize—safely and comfortably.

Reduced eye strain

Being outside, surrounded by bright sunlight, your eyes can get tired and begin to hurt from eye strain. Polarised lenses help reduce the tension and let you enjoy your time in the sun freely.

Clearer & enhanced vision

Polarised sunglasses can significantly improve your visual experience since their dimming effect sharpens your sight by filtering out excess light. 

UV protection

Many – but not all – sunglasses brands offer polarised lenses that block out UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to check the specifications of your glasses to ensure your eye health every time you step outside. 

advantages of polarised sunglasses
DID YOU KNOW?

Glare can be more intense during winter as the sun sits at a lower angle, creating more pronounced reflections.

When to wear polarised sunglasses

After learning the benefits of polarised lenses, let’s take a look at the activities where they take the spotlight. 

Daytime driving

When you’re driving during the day, the sun can bounce off the road and other cars, making it hard to see. 

Wearing polarised sunglasses for everyday wear helps to block the sun rays and provide a clearer view of the road, so you can drive more safely.

Water activities

For those who love fishing and boating, polarised lenses are a game-changer because they reduce the glare from the water’s surface, making it easier to see what’s below it. 

And if you’re lounging on the beach or playing volleyball, these glasses help cut out the glare from the sand and water, so you can enjoy the summer days even more.

difference between polarised and non-polarised lenses in sunglasses

Outdoor sports

Golfers often find that polarised sunglasses help them see the fairways better and spot golf balls better, especially if they land in the water. 

And if your outdoor activity of choice is running or biking, these sunglasses greatly reduce the glare from the roads, so you can keep your eyes on what’s ahead of you. This helps you stay safe and enjoy your sport, even when the sun is beaming down.

Snowy environments

White snow can create blinding glare which can be cut down by polarised lenses. However, skiers sometimes need that glare to recognise icy patches on the slopes.

If you’re going skiing, snowboarding or mountaineering, a mirror coating on the front surface of polarised sunglasses is a secure option to enhance your comfort and visibility. 

man wearing polarised sunglasses while skiing in the mountain

Understanding the setbacks of polarised sunglasses

Even though polarised sunglasses bring many benefits for outdoor enthusiasts, there are some drawbacks that need to be considered.

Reduced visibility on LCD (liquid crystal display) screens

Polarised sunglasses can affect visibility on digital screens which could pose a problem for motorcycle riders relying on dashboard displays or pilots needing clear instrument readings during flight.

Reduced depth perception

Polarised lenses block out certain types of light which can change the way our brain interprets the differences in light and shadows making it harder for some people to judge distances. 

This can make it challenging for some people to accurately gauge how far away objects are, an essential skill in golfing and mountain biking. 

Unsuitable for nocturnal activities

Polarised lenses reduce visibility in low-light conditions, potentially making it harder to see obstacles while night running or night cycling. 

In this case, non-polarised glasses or specialised sports glasses are better options to ensure clearer vision in the dark.

Make the most of the outdoors with polarised sunglasses​

Whether you’re driving, participating in water and snow activities or simply enjoying a sunny day, polarised sunglasses remain a must-have for visual clarity and comfort while minimising glare and – often – protecting from UV rays.

If you have any questions about polarised lenses or any eyecare-related concerns, feel free to reach out to one of our certified optical dispensers using the link provided at the top of the page.

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The Different Lens Packages We Offer

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The Different Lens Packages We Offer

By Isabella Sara Novack
Reviewed by Maria Horan FBDO
Maria Horan FBDO

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Maria Horan FBDO
Maria holds a BSc Honours in Ophthalmic Dispensing and has over 17 years of optical experience.
We have many lens index options for prescription eyewear. These are our essential and clarity options.
eyeglass components

When purchasing eyewear, it’s important to choose the right kind of lens. This will depend on your prescription and lifestyle, but it’s hard to make a choice without understanding the different glasses lens types and how they play into your needs. 

There are many factors involved when choosing lenses, but one of the most important ones is the lens index. Alongside this, materials and available lens coatings can also impact your decision.

What is lens index?

Lens index, also known as refractive index, is a measurement that indicates how efficiently the lens bends light as it passes through it. As the lens index value increases, the lens becomes thinner.

Which lens index is right for you will depend on the SPH, CYL, ADD and Prism values on your correct prescription

The CYL won’t always be present on the prescription as it indicates the power of your astigmatism correction. If you don’t have a CYL on your prescription, it means you don’t have astigmatism.

The SPH instead indicates the amount of lens power prescribed for (-) or (+), this is your SPH correction. The SPH value is present on all prescriptions except for those which only have astigmatism correction, which only have a CYL. 

These values will help you determine which lenses are right for you. Though lower-index lenses are more affordable, they are only suitable for lower power correction requirements and if chosen for high power prescriptions, they can be uncomfortable due to their thickness.

High-index lenses are instead more versatile. As they are thinner, they tend to be more comfortable, and they can cater to a wider range of prescriptions. This makes them the right choice for both high-prescriptions and people looking for a more aesthetically pleasing option.

That said, as the index impacts the depth of tint they may not be the best solution for certain kinds of prescription sunglasses.

Lens material

The available lens materials have different physical properties and features. To understand what the ideal choice is for your eyeglasses, it’s best to know what they are.

hand holding up lens

Plastic

Plastic eyeglass lenses are one of the most common types of lenses. Our plastic lenses are made in either CR-39 plastic or polycarbonate.

CR-39 plastic is the standard glasses lens material. It offers good vision correction for refractive errors and blocks out 80% of UV light. 

It’s also lighter than glass, though at the same thickness it has a lower refractive index than alternatives in other materials. This is why it’s best to avoid certain frame shapes and higher prescriptions. That said, they are still thinner than glass.

Polycarbonate lenses were introduced as an alternative to CR-39 plastic. They are thinner and more lightweight than other plastic alternatives, which makes them more impact resistant. That said, polycarbonate scratches easily so they require scratch-resistant coating for durability.

High-index materials

The MR series (MR7, MR8, MR10 and MR174) is a line of optical materials with high refractive index. This makes it possible to get thinner lenses with the same prescription strength as thicker lenses, making them good lenses for high prescriptions. 

MR8 has a refractive index of 1.6 and is the standard high index material. It offers minimal chromatic aberration in the visual periphery, alongside impact and thermal resistance. This makes it well suited to a wide range of purposes.

MR7 is at the forefront of modern lens technology. With a refractive index of 1.67, it is 15% thinner than the MR8 alternative. It also offers high tintability, making it ideal for sunglasses and fashion-oriented glasses.

MR10 is similar to MR7. Its 1.67 index makes it just as thin and light, though it has less tintatibility. That said, it offers excellent thermal resistance which is why it’s recommended for a wide range of working temperatures.

Last but not least, the MR174 is the ultra thin lens of the MR series. With its refractive index of 1.74, it’s recommended for those looking for extra thinnes. For example, they are recommended for the geometric glasses shapes, and with the memory metal used in rimless frames. 

MR174 is also a good choice for the eco-conscious as it’s made entirely of plant-derived materials.

Our essential lenses

Here at Smartbuyglasses, we offer essential lenses, ranging from a lens index of 1.5 to 1.74. Our essential collection is in lightweight plastic and offers a range of available add-ons and coatings.

gloved hands holding blue tinted lens

1.5 lens index

Our 1.5 index lenses are recommended for prescriptions between SPH +/-2.75 and CYL +/-2.00. We offer them as part of our standard/value and comfort/standard packages.

These are standard affordable single-vision lenses. They’re made in CR-39 plastic and can come with scratch resistant and anti-reflective coatings, which makes them more durable and helps them reduce glare for better visual clarity. You can also get a series of add-ons, like zFORT® blue light blocking and Transitions®.

  • Lens index:  basic 1.5
  • Material:  plastic (CR-39)
  • Coatings:  scratch resistant, anti-reflective

Available add-ons:  zFORT® blue light blocking, Transitions®,tints, polarization, mirror finish

Our silver/standard package is our recommended option for non-prescription lenses.

1.59 lens index

Our 1.59 index lenses are 22% thinner than our basic 1.5 lenses. We offer them as part of our polycarbonate package.

They are made in polycarbonate and come with scratch resistant, anti-reflective and UV400 coatings, making them a great option for those who spend a lot of time outdoors and need to keep their eyes shielded from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

  • Lens Index:  basic 1.59
  • Material:  plastic (polycarbonate)
  • Coatings:  scratch resistant, anti-reflective, UV400

Available add-ons: zFORT® blue light blocking, Transitions®, tints, polarizations, mirror finish

infographic with SBG 1.5 and 1.57 lens index package

1.61 lens index

Our 1.61 index lenses are recommended for prescriptions between SPH+4.25 to -5.00 and CYL +/-3.00. As this lens is 25% thinner than our basic lens, it is more comfortable and easier to fit to frames.

They are part of our thin & light/comfort package and come with both scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coatings. They also have UV 400 protection.

  • Lens Index:  basic 1.61
  • Material:  high-index (MR8)
  • Coatings:  scratch resistant, anti-reflective, UV 400

Available add-ons: zFORT® blue light blocking, Transitions®, tints, polarizations, mirror finish

The gold/comfort package is our recommended essential option for reading, distance and varifocal lenses.

1.67 lens index

Our 1.67 index lenses are very thin, 40% more than our basic 1.5 lenses. We offer them as part of our ultra/premium package which is recommended for prescriptions between SPH+7.00 to -8.00 and CYL +/-4.00.

They are aspheric, which means they have a flatter curve to reduce central thickness. This makes them both more comfortable and easier to fit to frames. 

They also come with scratch resistant and anti-reflective coatings, alongside UV 400 protection. And that’s not all, they have a superhydrophobic coating that repels water to keep your lenses clear!

  • Lens Index:  thin 1.67
  • Shape:  aspheric
  • Material:  high index (MR7 & MR10)
  • Coatings:  scratch resistant, anti-reflective, UV 400, superhydrophobic

Available add-ons: zFORT® blue light blocking, Transitions®, tints, polarizations, mirror finish

1.74 lens index

Our 1.74 index lenses are our thinnest lenses. They are 60% thinner than our basic 1.5 lenses and recommended for prescriptions between SPH+10.00 to -14.00 and CYL +/-6.00.

Just like our premium 1.67 lenses, they come with the same coating and are aspheric for maximum comfort. They are part of our deluxe/premium plus package. 

  • Lens Index:  ultra thin 1.74
  • Shape:  aspheric
  • Material:  high index (MR174)
  • Coatings:  scratch resistant, anti-reflective, UV 400, superhydrophobic

Available add-ons: zFORT® blue light blocking, Transitions®, tints, polarizations, mirror finish

infographic with SBG 1.61, 1.67 and 1.74 lens index packages
DID YOU KNOW?

Mitsui Chemicals started developing the MR lens materials series in 1982. 

Our clarity lenses

Our Arise Collective™ Clarity collection has been designed to provide breakthrough lens technologies, optimised visual acuity and state-of-the-art protection for any prescription and frame.

gloved hands holding blue tinted lens

Geared towards clarity, comfort and durability, they are made both for everyday wear and those who need advanced protection. All our clarity lenses are aspheric and come with Impact X protection designed to withstand the toughest impact.

They also offer UV 400 protection and are scratch resistant, anti-reflective and superhydrophobic.

1.5 lens index

Our clarity 1.5 index lenses are the perfect fit for those with prescriptions between SPH +/-2.75 and CYL +/-2.00. They are part of our Clarity Active-X/Clarity HD package, which is our recommended clarity option for no prescription lenses.

  • Lens Index: thin 1.5
  • Shape: aspheric
  • Material: plastic (CR-39)
  • Coatings: scratch resistant, anti-reflective, UV 400, superhydrophobic, impact X

Available add-ons: zFORT® blue light blocking, Transitions®, tints, polarizations, mirror finish

1.61 lens index

Our clarity 1.61 index lenses are a great fit for those with prescriptions between SPH+4.25 to -5.00 and CYL +/-3.00.

They are part of our Clarity Pro-X/Clarity 4K lens package and are our recommended clarity lens for reading, distance and varifocal lenses.

  • Lens Index: thin 1.61
  • Shape: aspheric
  • Material: high-index (MR8)
  • Coatings: scratch resistant, anti-reflective, UV 400, superhydrophobic, impact X

Available add-ons: zFORT® blue light blocking, Transitions®, tints, polarizations, mirror finish

1.67 lens index

Our 1.67 index lenses are best suited for those with prescriptions between SPH+7.00 to -8.00 and CYL +/-4.00. They are part of our Clarity Ultra-X/Clarity 8K package.

  • Lens Index: thin 1.67
  • Shape: aspheric
  • Material: high-index (MR7 & MR10)
  • Coatings: scratch resistant, anti-reflective, UV 400, Superhydrophobic, impact X

Available add-ons: zFORT® blue light blocking, Transitions®, tints, polarizations, mirror finish

infographic with SBG 1.61, 1.67 and 1.74 lens index packages

Varifocals

Varifocal lenses are lenses that can  accommodate multiple prescriptions in a single pair of glasses. These lenses have three different vision areas which are then used for near, intermediate and distance vision.

Our Arise Collective™ Clarity varifocal lenses are an elevated design, with up to a 30% wider viewing field for increased comfort and quicker adaption time when transitioning between each prescription. The benefits include:

  • Up to 30% wider viewing area
  • easier adaptation zone
  • impact coating for durability
  • maximum comfort

Regardless of prescription or lifestyle, there’s a lens for you. Explore our options and feel free to ask our opticians any questions if you still have doubts on the best solution! We’re here to make sure your glasses feel just right. 

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Brand Spotlight: Tom Ford

Brand Spotlight: Tom Ford

Since its inception, the Tom Ford brand has represented sophistication, elegance and impeccable style. With a strong emphasis on its footwear, clothing, handbags and accessories, the brand has achieved substantial recognition globally.

Come along with us today as we delve into the fascinating history of this renowned brand and discover the diverse range of eyewear it offers to its customers.

The history of the Tom Ford brand

The brand’s story begins with its founder, Tom Ford. Tom Ford’s journey into fashion began in his hometown of Texas. Growing up in the suburbs of Austin, Ford showed an early interest in hair and style, even advising his mother at the age of 6.

At 16, Ford relocated to New Mexico for college, but quickly dropped out to pursue his designer ambitions in New York.

After completing his education, Ford began his career as an intern at a prestigious luxury brand: Chloé.This allowed him to gain valuable experience before setting his sights on Milan, Italy.

Moving to Milan marked the start of Ford’s career and laid the foundation for his future brand. During this time, he served as creative director at Gucci, propelling him to even greater fame.

This experience inspired Tom Ford to launch his own brand in 2005. The Tom Ford label swiftly gained acclaim in the fashion industry with its cosmetics, eyewear, and extravagant retail spaces, quickly growing and solidifying its position as one of the most captivating luxury brands available.

Tom Ford

Tom Ford eyewear

After departing from Gucci, Ford’s extensive experience in clothing design prompted him to contemplate and ultimately decide that for his own brand, he would take a different approach by creating a collection of eyewear.

With this vision in mind, Tom Ford eyewear was born, and to this day, the collection continues to flourish.

Each pair of Tom Ford’s sunglasses and eyeglasses embodies classic elegance, creating an image worth taking time to admire. 

Now, let’s dive into what the brand offers its customers!

Tom Ford's range for women

Spotted on numerous celebrities, Tom Ford sunglasses and eyeglasses have been the go-to choice for the A-list crowd since the 21st century.

Each pair of glasses exudes refinement and sophistication, and with its diverse selection of frame shapes, the brand presents you with the opportunity to choose from an extensive collection.

eyewear for women

In addition, the Tom Ford range for women also provides exceptional durability and craftsmanship. This creates a timeless appeal to the glasses which helps you to elevate your style even further. 

So whether you’re feeling fearless with cat-eye glasses or opting for bold oversized rectangle frames, the options are limitless. Therefore, resisting the urge to snag a pair, or even two, is quite the challenge!

Tom Ford’s range for men

Tom Ford is a classic option for eyewear for the modern gentleman.

Just like the women’s eyewear collection, Tom Ford offers a wide variety of frame shapes for men, ensuring there’s something for every style preference. 

The frame shapes can range from classic pilot frames to timeless square frames, and many more.

eyewear for men

The sleek lines and masculine appeal of pilot frames and square frames are perfect for adding a touch of understated elegance to any look.

As well as that, the luxurious patterns of tortoiseshell frames or classic black frames add depth and character to your eyewear collection.

Tom Ford's quality

Reflecting on the brand, it is safe to say that Tom Ford offers premium frames.

When you buy a pair, you are paying for the finest materials and impeccable attention to detail – which is why they command a higher price compared to other brands. 

So, if you’re looking for quality and timeless elegance in your eyewear, Tom Ford might just be the perfect match for you.

Summer Trend: Olympic Eyewear

The Olympic Games are a global stage not just for sports but also for style.

The widespread appeal and global visibility of the games attracts millions of viewers— and with all eyes trained on them it’s only natural for the Olympic athletes to have an established history of setting trends.

As the 2024 Olympics approach, sports and fashion enthusiasts alike have their sights on this year’s uniforms.

Eyewear in particular has always been a hot topic during the games, with high end designer sunglasses competing in their own race for the brand visibility medal.

2024 sunglasses styles for the Olympics

2024 Olympic eyewear will likely feature many of the new technologies seen in sporty sunglasses over the last four years. Expect to see lightweight, durable materials and lenses crafted for optimal UV protection and visibility.

Other important features will likely be impact resistance and anti-scratch coatings.

These will protect the lenses from the rough and tumble of the games, while the polarisation filter protects the athlete’s eyes from the harsh glare of the outdoor sun. There really is a solution for everything!

Through the use of these technologies, the latest sporty eyewear models are streamlined for aerodynamic advantage and peak performance.

Their bold styles and vibrant colours mirror the lively spirits of the games and are loved by all, even outside the realm of sports. 

Best for running

runner wearing wraparound sunglasses

Traditionally, Olympic runners have opted for wraparound sunglasses. This is because they offer extensive coverage and firmly stay in place, regardless of vigorous movements.

The forecast for the 2024 games includes feather-light models that come with adaptive design elements like adjustable nose pads and temples.

We also expect to see photochromic lenses, a versatile technology that allows lenses to change colour for flawless visibility from start to finish.

Best for cycling

cyclist on bike wearing polarised single lens glasses

Cyclists have always leaned towards sturdy, full-coverage sunglasses to protect against the elements. Polarisation is also favoured for its ability to minimise the glare from the road.

At these Olympics we expect to see cyclists sporting single lens shield glasses. Essential for racing safety and performance, these models not only offer a wider field of view than many of their alternatives but look awesome while doing so!

This dynamic style also enhances ventilation and promotes airflow, which is critical to protect the eyes and prevent lenses from fogging at high speeds.

Best multipurpose

Multipurpose sporty sunglasses have always been popular. These designs tend to be extremely versatile models that cleverly combine the best aspects of specialised sports sunglasses with everyday eyewear.

We’re sure flexible frames and polarised lenses will be everywhere at this summer’s games, you need protection regardless of whether you’re playing in the games or watching them from under the sun.

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Eyewear that performs

Eyewear is more than just a tool for performance, but to perform you need eyewear that can keep up with you. Olympians know this very well and this summer they will make their statement, influencing trends in sporty sunglasses for years to come.

No matter the sport they’re designed for, we’re sure the upcoming Olympic eyewear will dazzle with its blend of innovation, style and versatility. Keep your eyes open, this is going to be a great year for sports and fashion enthusiasts.

What Does “Nearsighted” Mean?

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What Does "Nearsighted" Mean?

"Nearsightedness" is a common term for myopia, a condition that causes blurry distance vision.
By Isabella Sara Novack
Reviewed by Maria Horan FBDO
Maria Horan FBDO

Reviewed by

Maria Horan FBDO
Maria holds a BSc Honours in Ophthalmic Dispensing and has over 17 years of optical experience.
woman struggling to read phone screen putting on glasses

Commonly referred to as short-sightedness or nearsightedness, myopia is a common vision condition that causes blurry distance vision.

People with myopia can clearly see nearby objects like a book or a computer screen, but struggle with objects that are further away from them, like road signs or television screens .

Though in more severe cases it can cause significant visual impairment, light nearsightedness is extremely common and easy to treat.

The American Optometric Association estimates that it affects almost 30 percent of Americans and in most cases, it can be solved with simple vision correction. 

What causes myopia?

The eye is a natural lens, similar to a camera. It enables us to see by focusing light rays on the retina, located at the back of your eye.

If you have myopia, your eye’s anatomy causes light rays to refract (or bend) incorrectly, focusing light not on your retina, but in front of the retina.

Usually, the rays fall short of the retina because the eyeball is a little too long, your cornea is too rounded, or a combination of the two. This makes your distance vision blurry, much like when settings of a camera are wrong.

But just as you can adjust a camera lens to get a clearer image, corrective lenses can focus light precisely on your retina, giving you perfect vision. 

infographic explaining eye anatomy in myopia patients
infographic explaining eye anatomy in myopia patients

Symptoms of myopia

Blurred vision when looking at far away objects sounds like an obvious sign, though when mild it can be mistaken for normal vision and go unnoticed.

That said, an eye doctor will be able to use an eye chart to make a myopia diagnosis even if you haven’t noticed any symptoms yet. 

Myopia symptoms may include:

  • Blurry vision when looking at distant objects.
  • The need to squint or partially close the eyelids to see clearly.
  • Headaches caused by eye strain and visual stress.
  • Difficulty seeing while driving a vehicle, especially in dim light.

Often detected during childhood, myopia is commonly diagnosed from the early school years through the teens.

When diagnosed in children, the accelerated eye growth during the teenage years often causes it to worsen, though there is usually little change between the ages of 20-40. 

A child with myopia may:

  • Persistently squint.
  • Need to sit closer to the television, movie screen or the front of the classroom.
  • Seem to be unaware of far away objects.
  • Blink excessively.
  • Rub their eyes frequently.
infographic showing myopia symptoms
infographic showing myopia symptoms

Risk factors for myopia

Though anyone can develop myopia, there are certain risk factors that make it more likely. These include genetics and family history, but also other things like lifestyle and environmental factors, general eye health and pre-existing conditions. 

Risk factors for nearsightedness can include:

  • Age. 
  • Diabetes or high blood pressure. 
  • Frequent visual stress. 
  • Family history.
  • Spending less time outdoors.
  • Too much screen time.
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Myopia is even more prevalent in Asia. Myopia rates for some countries can go up to 80% of the population. 

Different types of myopia

Myopia can be divided into mild nearsightedness, moderate nearsightedness and severe nearsightedness.

Eye doctors measure the severity of the condition in dioptres, a unit of refractive power that essentially measures how effective a lens is at bending light. 

In practice, the dioptres on a prescription tell you how severe the refractive error caused by myopia is and how many dioptres are needed to correct nearsightedness.

High myopia

Severe nearsightedness (more than 6 dioptres of myopia) is also called high myopia. Since this generally implies a more severe deformity of the eye shape or cornea, it’s important to follow your eye doctor’s advice to prevent complications.

Low myopia

Light nearsightedness (generally less than 3 dioptres of myopia) is the informal term for low myopia. It’s instead referred to as mild myopia or moderate nearsightedness when there are 3 to 6 dioptres of myopia. 

Though this requires less correction than high myopia, it’s important to remember to stay on top of it to prevent further loss of visual acuity. If not treated correctly, low myopia can progress into high myopia.

Possible complications

In some cases, high myopia can transition into pathological myopia. Also known as degenerative myopia, this implies the presence of certain complications that can be more severe.

Complications seen in pathological myopia can include:

  • Cataracts. 
  • Glaucoma. 
  • Optic neuropathy. 
  • Neovascularization. 
  • Retinal detachment. 
  • Myopic macular degeneration (MMD).
  • Open angle glaucoma.

That said, it’s important to remember that the vast majority of cases of nearsightedness require nothing more than simple vision correction.

Nowadays, there are many treatment and prevention options available to reduce the risk of developing pathological myopia. 

Testing for myopia

An eye doctor can test for myopia using a standard eye exam. This generally includes the use of an eye chart to test visual acuity and the use of a lighted retinoscope to measure how well your eyes focus light. 

Since it’s more likely to develop at an early age, it’s also common for paediatricians to check a child’s eyes at routine check-ups. That said, when possible it’s best to go to an eye doctor for a first comprehensive eye exam before the age of one. 

Early diagnosis is very beneficial to myopia management and can prevent progressive myopia from becoming too severe.

Remember, you may not notice you have low myopia. This is why, regardless of whether you think you’re developing myopia or not, it’s important to go to your optician for regular vision screenings.

optician performing eye exam on female patient

Treatment

Options to treat nearsightedness in children include glasses with corrective lenses and contact lenses. Adults (and in rare cases children) may also opt for refractive surgery. 

Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses are the most common myopia treatment option.

The dioptre on a prescription indicates how strong the corrective lenses need to be, and depending on the severity of the condition an eye doctor may suggest wearing glasses all day long or only when performing certain activities.

Generally, single vision lenses are enough to correct myopia, though in people over 40 or with multiple prescriptions an optician may recommend varifocal lenses

Contact lenses

An alternative to eyeglasses is to wear contact lenses instead. Much like eyeglasses, contact lenses for myopia improve distance vision by correcting the refractive error.

Eye surgery

There are many surgical options available to correct myopia.

Though they are generally only available for adults due to the eye growth that takes place in the childhood and teenage years, they are a good option for both people with mild and severe myopia.

An eye doctor will direct you to which refractive surgery best suits your needs based on the severity of the condition and the nature of the deformity causing it. Options include laser eye surgery and phakic intraocular lenses, amongst others.

If myopia has left you in a haze, our opticians are here to clear things up. Don’t hesitate to contact them for any eye related doubts, they’re here to help you see the bigger picture!

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