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.

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


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 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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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is here and on this special occasion we’re preparing to show our love for the remarkable women who’ve shaped our lives. Finding the perfect gift to express our gratitude can be hard, but that’s what makes it all the more special!

To help you choose something as wonderful as she is, we’ve compiled a list of visionary gifts for visionary women. Look no further for gift ideas and gift eyewear to show her she means the world to you.

Best frames for classy mums

If your mum exudes elegance and sophistication, add a touch of class by gifting her Burberry frames. With their distinctive British heritage, these are perfect for mums who take time to appreciate the finer things in life.

Discover a collection where style meets vision and complement her uniqueness with these classic looks, we’re sure she’ll love them as much as we do.

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Best frames for sporty mums

A mum on the move needs frames that can keep up, so see to her goals in style with a pair of glasses that capture her dynamic spirit.

Oakley eyewear caters to those with eyes as active as their lifestyles, offering the clarity and protection she needs to live her adventures to the fullest.

Show your appreciation with a celebration of her zest for life, she deserves eyewear designed for the win.

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Best frames for cool mums

If your mum is bad-ass, she needs frames just as bold as she is. Gift your fashion-forward mum trendsetting styles with Miu Miu’s collection, these frames are perfect for those who love to stand out.

Choose glasses that merge fashion and functionality with bold designs that scream “cool”. By helping her make a statement, you’ll show mum she deserves to be heard.

Best frames for chic mums

Check out these chic styles for mums with a flair for fashion. Celebrate her glamour with eyewear fit for elegance and express your gratitude in style. Prada glasses are the perfect accessory to complement her refined aesthetic.

Their modern shapes and luxurious materials are bound to be the perfect addition to her sophisticated wardrobe and we promise that no matter the pick, your chic mum will fall in love at first sight.

Best frames under £50

Celebrating your mum doesn’t require extravagance, you can show your love without spending a fortune. Let your gratitude shine through with the SBG collection, we’re here to prove that style doesn’t have to break the bank.

The value of a gift lies in its thoughtfulness, mum doesn’t need you to stretch your budget to feel appreciated for who she is.

Celebrate her unique style

Being a mother is notoriously hard. This year, get mum a great gift by choosing something thoughtful that she can wear proudly and shows how much she means to you.

Eyewear is more than a gift—it’s a wearable token of gratitude that celebrates her irreplaceable presence in your life. No matter what you decide, respecting mum’s essence is the perfect way to show her you appreciate her unique sense of self.

Mothers deserve the best, so let’s celebrate them in style!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible mums out there, may your day be as bright as the love and warmth you bring to our lives.

When Are Polarised Sunglasses Most Useful?

When Are Polarised Sunglasses Most Useful?

By Klaudia Pasternak
Reviewed by Maria Horan
Maria Horan

Reviewed by

Maria Horan
Holding a BSc Honours in Ophthalmic Dispensing awarded at Anglia Ruskin University, Maria has over 17 years of optical experience.
Unlock the power of polarised sunglasses and discover where to use them.
couple in sunglasses

You’ve most likely encountered the buzz surrounding polarised sunglasses, and maybe you’ve wondered how they’re different from standard sunglasses?  This article simplifies the concept of polarisation, making it easier for you to understand its practicality. 

Polarisation refers to the process of filtering light waves to selectively block all orientations of light. In simpler terms, it’s like putting a filter on light to reduce glare and improve visibility which is beneficial for a range of outdoor activities.

Understanding how polarised lenses work

Understanding polarised lenses starts with comprehending the basic idea that light behaves like an electromagnetic wave.

As light moves, its wave-like motion can be lined up either vertically or horizontally. Polarisation involves the direction in which these  waves move compared to the path of the light.

Polarised lenses, used in polarised sunglasses, work thanks to a special chemical coating that acts as a filter. This filter reduces glare by selectively blocking horizontal light waves that reflect off horizontal surfaces like water, roads, or car hoods.

how polarisation works
how polarisation works

When light scatters or reflects off these surfaces, it creates intense glare, causing eye strain and reducing visual comfort. By blocking this reflected light, polarised sunglasses enhance visual clarity and depth perception, allowing wearers to see natural colors and increased contrast.

Unlike non-polarised sunglasses, which merely darken the overall brightness, wearing polarised sunglasses offers several advantages, especially when exposed to harsh light conditions.


Polarised sunglasses were originally developed in the 1930 by Edwin H.Land, the founder of the Polaroid Corporation.

He invented them as a solution to reduce glare for photographers, but they soon became popular as fashion accessories and for outdoor enthusiasts due to their practical benefits (Azzam 2011).

What are the benefits of polarised sunglasses?

The benefits of polarised sunglasses make them an invaluable accessory for anyone spending time outdoors. The benefits of polarised sunglasses are as follows.

Reduced glare

Polarised glasses reduce glare, allowing  you to focus on what you’re doing and enjoy your surroundings without having to squint.

Improved visual comfort

Wearing polarised lenses can also have a noticeable improvement in your overall visual experience as they have a dimming effect, giving you clearer vision.

Reduced eye strain

Polarised lenses greatly cut down on exposure to the glare and eye strain meaning your eyes feel less tired and sore. By shielding your eyes from these harsh elements, polarised sunglasses offer a more relaxed and comfortable viewing experience, allowing you to enjoy extended periods outdoors with ease and clarity.

advantages of polarised sunglasses

What are the downsides of polarised sunglasses?

While polarised sunglasses offer significant advantages, it’s important to consider their potential drawbacks as well. These could include:

Reduced visibility on LCD (liquid crystal display) screens

Polarised lenses greatly cut down on exposure to the glare and eye strain meaning your eyes feel less tired and sore.

By shielding your eyes from these harsh elements, polarised sunglasses offer a more relaxed and comfortable viewing experience, allowing you to enjoy extended periods outdoors with ease and clarity.

Reduced depth perception

Polarised lenses are great at blocking glare from horizontal surfaces, but they can make it harder for some people to judge distances.

Depth perception, which helps us understand how far away things are, depends on our brain picking up on tiny differences in light and shadows.

When polarised sunglasses block out certain types of light, it can change how our brain interprets these cues, making it a bit trickier to judge distances for some individuals.

When should you wear polarised sunglasses?

So now you may be wondering, when are polarised sunglasses most useful? Polarised sunglasses are an ideal choice for you in the following situations:

Daytime driving

When driving, the sun’s rays reflect off many surfaces,including roads and other vehicles.

Whenever you wear polarised sunglasses the specifically designed lenses block the bright light from entering your eyes, reducing eye glare and enhancing visibility for a safer driving experience.


In water-related activities, polarised lenses have the ability to essentially reduce glare that is coming from multiple directions whether that is the water or sun.

This enhanced glare reduction not only improves visibility but also allows you to better spot obstacles and fish beneath the water’s surface, making your aquatic adventures safer and more enjoyable.

Snow sports

White snow can produce blinding glare, which polarised lenses handily eliminate. However, glare can actually be useful for skiers as it allows them to spot potentially dangerous icy patches on the slopes. 

For skiing purposes, incorporating a polarised lens with a mirror coating on the front surface is a better option as it can significantly enhance comfort while addressing those visibility concerns. 

Beach activities

Wearing polarised lenses is ideal if you are simply sunbathing or in the sun as they can make beach outings more comfortable by minimising the glare from sand and water, allowing for uninterrupted enjoyment of the sun and surf.

difference between polarised and non polarised

Do polarised sunglasses offer UV protection?

Sunglasses play an important role in protecting our eyes, and whether you wear polarised or non-polarised sunglasses, it is essential to know if they offer protection against harmful UV rays.

Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to irreversible consequences for your eyes, so having UV protection is essential when choosing your sunglasses.

Many – but not all — polarised sunglasses offer UVA and UVB protection. In order to take care of your vision in the best way possible, always check the specifications when purchasing a pair of sunglasses, polarised or otherwise.

Whether driving, fishing, participating in outdoor sports, or simply enjoying a day at the beach, polarised sunglasses offer enhanced visual clarity and comfort by reducing glare and – often –  providing UV protection.

Their versatility and effectiveness make them an invaluable accessory for anyone seeking to protect their eyes and optimize their vision in bright outdoor environments.

If you’ve got questions about polarised lenses, or anything related to eyecare and eyewear, you can speak to one of our certified opticians via the link at the top of the page.


Azzam, R. M. A. The intertwined history of polarimetry and ellipsometry. (2011) Thin Solid Films 519, no. 9, pp. 2584-2588.

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Brand Spotlight: Prada

Brand Spotlight: Prada

Prada, the famous Italian brand known for luxury, has been leading the fashion world since the early 1900s. What started as a small business, is now a world-renowned fashion house synonymous with high-end style.

Come with us as we take a closer look at Prada’s most famous eyewear designs

The history and legacy of Prada

Prada’s history can be traced back to 1913, when Mario Prada and his brother  Martino opened up their first leather goods shop – then known as Fratelli Prada – right in the middle of the prestigious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan where they sold bags, trunks, and travel accessories.

Following the success of their shop, in 1919 the Italian monarchy took note of Prada’s exceptional quality, and designated it as an official supplier.

This endorsement significantly boosted the brand’s prestige and put Prada in the spotlight, also granting the brand the honour of featuring the House of Savoy coat of arms on its logo.

This chic addition not only elevated the brand’s status but also turned it into a hallmark of the Italian aristocratic upper-middle class.

Prada Logo

After many years of running his successful business, Mario Prada wanted to retire and aimed to pass on the family business to his son as he believed that his daughter’s place was at home rather than in the workplace.

Ironically though, his son showed no interest in the brand so Prada was passed on to his daughter, Luisa Prada. 

Luisa Prada ran the businesses for almost two decades until her daughter Miuccia Prada joined, making the brand even more successful with her iconic bag designs.

This accidental turn of events allowed the business to grow even further and debut in a variety of products and accessories. 

Miuccia Prada revolutionised the entire business by firstly introducing various ready-to-wear clothing collections in the 1980s and then launching an accessory collection which, followed by Prada’s first eyewear collection, with the help of the De Rigo Group.

Since then, the brand has experienced consistent expansion, gaining widespread popularity among many celebrities and winning the hearts of many fashion lovers.

Now, let’s take a look at the most iconic eyewear designs from Prada that turn heads with every glance.

Iconic designs

From rectangle to square, cat eye, and pilot glasses, Prada offers a diverse range of styles that cater to every taste and personality. 

With each frame, they turn “Nada” into “Prada”, transforming ordinary glasses into something extraordinary.

Rectangle frames

Rectangle Frames

Rectangular frames are known for their sleek and professional appearance, making them a popular choice for both everyday wear and formal occasions.

Prada provides a range of rectangular glasses in various styles and sizes, allowing wearers to indulge in the luxury and stylish allure that these frames offer.

This makes these Prada glasses a timeless accessory suitable for every season, solidifying their status as one of the most iconic designs.

Square frames

square frames

Prada is also known for its square frames, which are angular and provide more of a modern and sophisticated look.

Their sleek and bold design make them a staple accessory for fashion-forward individuals. 

Featuring a variety of lens colors, every pair of square frames stands out with its uniqueness while staying true to the brand’s aesthetic.

Cat-eye sunglasses

Cateye sunglasses

Prada’s cat eye sunglasses are recognised for their up swept outer edges which bring a touch of retro charm and feminine allure to any look. 

The sunglasses’ flattering shape, accentuates the cheekbones and adds a playful flair to the wearer’s style, making them an iconic pair.

Pilot sunglasses

Pilot sunglasses

Prada pilot sunglasses offer not just timeless style, but also unparalleled comfort and durability.

Whether you’re seeking a bold statement piece or a refined everyday accessory, their teardrop-shaped lenses and thin metal frames offer a blend of vintage charm and contemporary style.  

Quality of Prada eyewear

Renowned for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship, Prada sets the standard for luxury in the fashion world.

Its hard-earned reputation stems from the premium materials used in their products and their skilled employees who use traditional craftsmanship techniques alongside innovative technology to create finely crafted pieces.

With its dedication to innovation, artistic vision, and high-end pieces, Prada continues to lead the industry, known for its iconic designs that transcend trends and shape the evolution of eyewear.

How to Tell if Your Sunglasses Are Polarised

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How to Tell if Your Sunglasses are Polarised

By Isabella Sara Novack
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.
Learn what polarised lenses are, who they’re for and how to check if your sunglasses are already polarised or not.
sunglasses and eyeglasses on a grey flat surface

Polarised lenses offer the perfect blend of style and protection, serving as your best defence against the harsh light from sun glare. There are many situations in which this is essential as it can greatly enhance both comfort and visual clarity.

Polarisation technologies have been around for a while. First Invented in 1936 by Edwin H. Land, they have now become a standard for certain types of eyewear.

You may even already own a pair of polarised lenses without knowing it! That said, don’t fret: there are a few simple ways to find out if your lenses are polarised or not.  

What are polarised lenses?

Light waves scatter chaotically at different angles when they hit uneven surfaces. When they reach smooth surfaces, like the water’s surface or polished metal,  they reflect neatly in a uniform direction instead.

When bright sunlight strikes a mirror-like surface, the vertical light beams spread out and become horizontally polarised light. We experience these horizontal light rays as glare – a blinding light that can be quite annoying and causes us to squint.

Polarised shades address this issue by filtering out horizontal light. Since they selectively block light traveling in specific directions with a special chemical coating, they are capable of significantly reducing glare and can improve visual clarity and comfort.

This makes wearing polarised lenses ideal for improving visibility and reducing eye strain in bright environments, especially around reflective surfaces. 

How to tell if sunglasses are polarised

If you think polarised glasses would be a good match for your lifestyle but aren’t sure if your current ones have polarisation or not, you’ve come to the right place. Follow these steps to determine if a pair of sunglasses has a polarisation filter.

Compare your polarised sunglasses to others

infographic on how to test if lenses are polarized against a pair of known polarized sunglasses

If you already have a pair of sunglasses that you know are polarised, you can use them for a comparison test. This is how:

  • Take out your two pairs of sunglasses and hold the pair you’re testing close to you. Place the other pair on a flat surface further away, ideally 2.5 to 5.1 cm apart. Make sure the pair you’re testing is nearest to your eyes, with the polarised lens positioned further away.
  • Align the lenses so you can look through both at the same time, but be careful not to let them touch to avoid scratching the coatings.
  • Look through both sunglasses and tilt the polarised pair 90°. When two polarised lenses overlap at opposing angles, they create an almost pitch-black surface. If You can’t see anything through the lenses, then you’ll know they’re polarised. Otherwise, they’re regular sunglasses.

Test them on a reflective surface

You can use a reflective surface, like a shiny tabletop or a body of water, to test if lenses are polarised or not. Follow these steps:

  • Hold your sunglasses approximately 15 to 20 cm in front of your eyes. Make sure you can see the reflective surface through one of the lenses.
  • Rotate the sunglasses to a 90-degree angle..
  • Adjust the angle of your sunglasses if the initial position doesn’t reduce the glare. Observe the glare through the lens as you hold your sunglasses at the adjusted angle. If your sunglasses are polarised, you should notice much less glare.

Look at a screen through your lenses

Digital LED screens and LCD displays (like computer screens or smartphones) have anti-glare technology that can be useful to identify polarised sunglasses. This is how:

how to test polarization of sunglasses against a computer screen
  • Adjust your electronic device to its brightest setting and display a white screen. Put on your sunglasses and hold your device  at eye level. For accurate results, it’s important to face the screen directly. 
  • Tilt your head 60°. While looking directly at the screen, gently tilt your head to the left or right. This action changes the angle at which the polarised light from the screen interacts with your sunglasses.
  • If your sunglasses are polarised, the screen will likely darken significantly or turn black as you move your head. A lack of any significant change instead indicates that there’s no polarisation on the lenses.

Since they cut down the glare from the light reflecting off the water, polarised sunglasses can help fishermen easily spot fish under the surface.

Wearing polarised vs non-polarised sunglasses

Wearing polarised sunglasses offers a significant advantage in environments where glare is a common issue. This is because polarised lenses are specifically designed to block glare when aligned correctly with the direction of the reflected light.

Their ability to reduce glare allows them not only to improve visibility, but also increases contrast and colour perception. This leads to enhanced visual clarity while also helping minimise eye strain on sunny days.

This makes polarised lenses especially beneficial to those who spend time in bright sunlight, for example people who like playing outdoor sports. The relief from constant squinting can make activities like driving, fishing and skiing safer and much more enjoyable.

That said, the use of polarised sunglasses is not without its drawbacks. One notable disadvantage is their performance in low light conditions, where they can significantly reduce visibility. Due to the polarisation filter, wearers may even struggle to distinguish between light colours.

pros and cons infographic of polarised lenses

Additionally, polarisation can cause difficulties when viewing LED and LCD screens. Because of how polarised sunglasses work, it can be challenging to read screen displays (like a computer monitor), GPS devices, or instrument panels while wearing them.

They are also more expensive than their non-polarised counterparts, though for many, the eye health benefits, visual comfort and protection provided by polarised lenses outweigh the drawbacks. 

Alternatives include photochromic and standard tinted lenses for overall brightness reduction and protection from UV light

Blue light glasses are also a good option for people who spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen. These are non-polarised lenses that apply different technologies and can work better for lcd screens and artificial light related eye strain. 

Make the right choice for you

When deciding for or against polarised lenses, it’s important to consider your own lifestyle. The best eyewear not only protects your vision but also aligns with your daily needs to improve your quality of life.

Don’t hesitate to ask our opticians if you have any questions about polarised sunglasses or any other type of lens. And if you do think that polarisation is the right fit? Test your sunglasses to find out if you need to keep your eyes open for a good pair.

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Sustainable Eyewear Choices for Earth Day

As Earth Day approaches, it’s time to focus on more sustainable choices in every aspect of our lives, including how we accessorise! 

Eyewear, like every other thing we wear, impacts the environment because of how it’s produced, processed and shipped. 

Because of this, we are taking increasingly proactive steps to offer you sustainable choices of glasses and sunglasses that are kind to the planet. 

So, if you want to make a fashion statement that speaks volumes about your environmental commitment, you’re on the right page.

Designer eco-friendly options

As you can see from our range of products, many designer brands are leading the way, crafting stunning eyewear from recycled materials. 

These are a perfect example of how luxury and sustainability can go hand in hand. 

Imagine showcasing a pair of high-end frames made from recycled ocean plastic or bio-based materials, blending chic aesthetics with eco-conscious craftsmanship. 

We just love the idea, don’t you?

Oh My Woodness! Look at that!

We hope you read this title with the high pitch and emphasis it deserves. As it also suggests, this collection features wooden frames. 

Choosing a pair of “Oh My Woodness!” frames means you’re supporting reforestation efforts, as a portion of each sale goes towards planting trees. 

Partnered with the Eden Reforestation Projects, Oh My Woodness! is contributing to fund tree planting operations around the world to combat deforestation and provide resources to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. 

It’s a win-win: you get a stunning new look, and the planet gets a little greener.

Contribute to support World Vision

Our commitment to the planet goes beyond sustainable materials. We partner with World Vision to help eliminate preventable child deaths through supporting Mother & Child Health programs in Africa.

woman wearing clear frame glasses smiling

Packaging with purpose

On our journey towards sustainability, we are also mindful of the smaller details that make a big impact. 

Our efforts extend to the packaging of our products, focusing on using recycled materials to minimise waste and environmental footprint. 

Each pair of SmartBuy Collection glasses or sunglasses you purchase from us comes in packaging made from recycled materials. 

Plus, we provide a recycled microfiber cloth with each purchase to keep your eyewear clean and scratch-free.

On Earth Day and every day

At SmartBuyGlasses, we believe in the power of making sustainable choices accessible and fashionable. Caring for people and the planet is one of our core values.

This Earth Day (and every day), let’s celebrate by choosing eyewear that looks good and does good for our planet.

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