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Sunglasses for Alberta Blue Skies

In Alberta, we see clear blue skies that go on for days, and then tell-tale arch of clouds as a Chinook rolls in. Whether the sun is shining bright on a blue sky day or darkened by clouds, the weather in Calgary can change on a dime. Having sunglasses handy can help you prepare for unpredictable weather and shield your eyes from UV damage.

Check out our online store for a variety of sunglass accessories.

For more information about how to protect your eyes from UV rays, book an appointment with Dr. Bishop & Associates.

Are Your Sunglasses Protecting Your Eyes?

Not all sunglasses are made equal. For example, some sunglasses offer protection from UV radiation while others use coloured filter for reducing light intensity.

The UV protection on sunglasses should block 99–100% UVA and UVB radiation. Look for shades that screen out 75–90% of visible light. Some labels can be confusing, as UV 400 is another label meaning 100% UV protection. Talk to your optometrist to learn about what UV protection options are best.

Size and fit are also valuable considerations. The more space covered, the harder it is for light and UV rays to penetrate your eyes. In addition, wider sunglasses offer protection from more angles, so the sun doesn’t leak into the spaces at the sides of your eyes. 

Fit helps your sunglasses from slipping, but it also prevents gaps, which can leave you vulnerable to sunlight and dust. Your sunglasses are useful everyday shields, but they need to be in the right place to do their job.

If you’re not sure about the quality or fit of your sunglasses or are confused by UV protection labels, talk to your optometrist.

UV Radiation and Eye Health

You know sunglasses protect your eyes from UV damage, but how does UV radiation affect your eyes?

UV damage can impact your eye health, vision, and comfort. Besides causing squinting on a bright day, overexposure can lead to eye pain and inflammation.

Some eye conditions caused by cumulative exposure include:

Sunglasses are an easy, stylish way to prevent eye conditions caused by UV damage. You can enjoy the wide-open blue skies and protect your eye health.

See Us for Your Sunglasses

We’re more than your number one choice for prescription glasses and contacts. If you need eyewear, we can help you find your best options. We can talk you through your choices for any aspect of your eye care, from sunglasses to health information.

Request an appointment with Dr. Bishop & Associates to talk about sunglasses.

Our Locations

You deserve the highest standard of eye care. Our 4 locations make it easy for you to receive quality eye care, no matter where you live.

Willow Park Village

  • 412 – 10816 Macleod Trail SE
  • Calgary, AB T2J 5N8

Legacy Township

  • 230 – 200 Hartell Way SE
  • Calgary, AB T2X 4S9

Beacon Hill

  • 610 – 11877 Sarcee Trail NW
  • Calgary, AB T3R 1W5

Northgate Village

  • 103 – 495 36 St NE
  • Calgary, AB T2A 6K3

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Optos retinal imaging is an imaging device that allows your Calgary optometrist to get a closer look at the details of your eyes. Optos provides an anatomically accurate view of 82 percent of your retina. This detailed imaging technology allows your eye doctor to closely examine your eyes and vision during your comprehensive eye exam. […]

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If you frequently experience red, irritated eyes, your eye doctor may recommend Lumify, a new brand of eye drops in Canada. These eye drops are typically available over the counter from your optometrist. If you’re interested in Lumify eye drops, what do you need to know about this medication?  Lumify eye drops can help reduce […]

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IPL for Dry Eye: How It Works

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Using technology, your eye doctor has several ways to help relieve dry eyes. One of these treatments is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. Your optometrist may recommend this treatment if it suits your dry eye needs—but how does it work?  Continue reading to learn more about dry eye and IPL, including how this treatment helps […]

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An eye doctor looking at an optos retinal image on a monitor screen.

Optos retinal imaging is an imaging device that allows your Calgary optometrist to get a closer look at the details of your eyes. Optos provides an anatomically accurate view of 82 percent of your retina. This detailed imaging technology allows your eye doctor to closely examine your eyes and vision during your comprehensive eye exam. […]

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Close up shot of a man's head tilted back while putting a drop of Lumify eye drops.

If you frequently experience red, irritated eyes, your eye doctor may recommend Lumify, a new brand of eye drops in Canada. These eye drops are typically available over the counter from your optometrist. If you’re interested in Lumify eye drops, what do you need to know about this medication?  Lumify eye drops can help reduce […]

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Using technology, your eye doctor has several ways to help relieve dry eyes. One of these treatments is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. Your optometrist may recommend this treatment if it suits your dry eye needs—but how does it work?  Continue reading to learn more about dry eye and IPL, including how this treatment helps […]

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