Using sunglasses with contact lenses

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Some people have been asking if it’s okay to wear contact lenses with sunglasses. Such an obvious thing may not be that obvious to everyone after all.

Contact lenses can and should be worn with sunglasses. As the contact lenses fix the vision, power is no longer needed in sunglasses.

There is no problem in ”wearing two pair of glasses on top of each other” as some people see it. I may ask from those wondering this issue if contact lenses are bothering you when you look through the wind shield of your car while driving? Maybe the comparison is not the best one, but it well illustrates that there is no problem in wearing both sunglasses and contact lenses.

With contact lenses, many people can for the first time freely select their sunglasses. You don’t need to think what kind of frames your lenses are suitable for.

Contact lenses and sunglasses that protect from UV radiation

Another issue that raises questions is that do you need sunglasses if there already is ultraviolet protection in your contact lenses.

Even if you wear these kinds of lenses you should also wear sun glasses, because the contact lenses only protect the part of the eye that is under them. The conjunctiva and sclerotic coat outside the contact lenses also let through ultraviolet radiation. Thus, even if the contact lenses have protection for ultraviolet radiation, they do not protect the eye entirely. In addition, you should also protect your eye lids from UV radiation.

Please note that the advice and tips given in this blog are based on Finnish regulations and laws. Therefore, you need to verify the regulations and laws in your country from your own optician, optometrist or eye specialist.

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