Did you know that your Sunglasses can Expire?

Written by Levin Eye Care on . Posted in Eye Health

Lucky for you, it may be time for a new pair of shades!

We’re surrounded by things with expiration dates, from the food in our fridge to the moisturizer we put on our face at night. Over time, the lightbulbs in our lamps go out and the paint on our houses fade. But what about your sunglasses? Do they have a shelf life?

Can Sunglasses Expire?

There are two kinds of people in this world: those that buy a new pair of sunglasses every year, maybe even several pairs, and those that find one good pair that they love and try to make them last. If you are part of the second group, you may want to listen up.

A study was recently conducted by researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil to see if sunglasses lost their UV-blocking power over time.

Here are someways that you might be harming your sunglasses:

  • everyday wear and tear of sunglasses
  • throwing them in your bag without a case
  • accidentally dropping them on the ground
  • scratches on the lenses that may be gradually diminishing their efficacy

While this is an interesting finding, there is a lot more research needed to fully understand exactly how long sunglasses can last and what their “expiration date” may be. Levin Eye Care Center recommends that you continue to take good care of your sunglasses while you have them, and don’t hesitate to get a new pair every year or two. Not only will you always be in style, but you can be sure your eyes are properly protected from the sun!

Remember These Tips When Buying Sunglasses

Not all sunglasses are created equal. Some look stylish, but may not provide the same amount of protection as another pair. When you do buy a new pair of shades, you want to make sure they are serving their purpose, which is to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays!

Here are some tips to remember when buying sunglasses:

  • Make sure they block 99 to 100 percent of UV light or have “UV absorption up to 400nm” on the label.
  • Larger frames and wraparound styles are great at protecting your eyes from many different angles.
  • Remember that the color and darkness of the lens doesn’t affect how well it protects you from UV rays. However, darker lenses can be more useful in very bright conditions.
  • Polarized lenses don’t block UV light, but are great for reducing glare and improving visibility.

We Have Just What You’re Looking For!

The staff at Levin Eye Care Center can help you choose from a variety of different styles and brands of sunglasses at our practice. Come and see for yourself! It would be our pleasure to help you find the perfect pair of shades for your style and personality.

We love to serve you! Thanks for trusting us with your vision health!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Jacqueline Anderson
Jacqueline Anderson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Amazing office, from staff to the doctor all were exactly what I wanted And needed. My kids thought they were great as well which is important to me. They fit me in for an appointment last minute and stayed late when it ran over. They helped me figure out a way to pay my bill that I could afford. Every step they were there for me, friendly and smiling. I'd recommend this office without reservation to anyone seeking quality eye care! Thank you all for being so wonderful, I truly appreciate it.

Cynthia Sacramento
Cynthia Sacramento

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

I have been going to Levin for 2 years. Very personable staff, knowledgeable and always helpful. Love my newest Gucci glasses. Easy to be seen as well.

cran23
cran23

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

The employees here are very helpful and helped me pick the perfect sun glasses! They offer care credit which makes it easier to get what you want and have more time to pay. Thank you guys! :)

Loretta Northcutt
Loretta Northcutt

1 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

I would give this business no stars if it were possible. I decided to support a small town business and skip Walmart. Well, I'm in Walmart now anyway.

When I entered this business both the employees at the desk gave me a puzzled look. I was greeted cheerfully and offered assistance. I only want to get the screws on my son's glasses tightened. I informed the employees that we were here for adjustments. A male employee asked me what was wrong with the glasses. Huh?!

In the not so distant past when you entered an eyeglass store asking for adjustments an employee would ask you to put on your glasses, check them, and proceed to tighten screws, clean them, and etc. I was puzzled at this point, and I showed him the loose sides. I was asked if I was a patient. When I answered no, I was given a form to fill out and told that I would have to pay $10. They weren't even sure if it would be $10.

I immediately informed the employees that I would go somewhere where the adjustments are free i.e. ANY other eyeglass place (Pearl, Lens Crafters, Walmart, Macys, For Eyes). He informed me that usually the warranty is handled by wherever you purchased the glasses and that EVERY place is different. No it isn't. I've been doing this since the late '80s/early '90s. Epic fail Levin Optical.

We went to Walmart (RIP Small Town USA) and got the screws in the arms tightened and the glasses thoroughly cleaned. I really wanted to start a relationship with this place. Now my son wants to purchase his new pair of glasses from Walmart. Ugh!

Melissa Fasano
Melissa Fasano

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

We just picked up my 4yr old's first pair of glasses. Everyone in the office is so friendly and helpful!!

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