Sunglasses: A Year Round Investment

Here’s what to look for when making your purchase

Sunglasses aren’t just for warm, sunny weather… Read the article below to find out more.

By: Rebecca Compton-Hall

Sales Associate at Clearview Eyewear

 As we head into fall and winter, you might think it’s time to put away your sunglasses along with the shorts and sandals. But, not so fast. Harmful UV rays don’t disappear in the winter and there’s actually a lot of glare that emanates from snow and ice. You should actually wear your sunglasses all year long.


So, it’s still worth purchasing a good pair of sunglasses even though summer is over. Those shades will help protect you from developing various eye conditions that contribute to vision loss as you age. Besides finding a pair with full UV protection, here are some other tips to help you achieve the best performance from your sunglasses.


Look for good coverage


Sunglass frames tend to be a bit larger than regular glasses so this is helpful when trying to get good coverage. Some sunglasses also have a bit of a curve or wrap. However, if you need prescription sunglasses, you might be more restricted in terms of the size and curvature of the frame. For example, depending on your prescription, a larger frame could mean thicker lenses, and a curve that is too severe could create distortion on the periphery. Don’t be too concerned though; a reputable eyewear provider, like Clearview Eyewear, can help you navigate these considerations.


Find the right colour and tint


The first thing you should determine is the colour of tint you would like in your sunglasses. This is a personal decision because it depends on what your eye prefers. Grey tints keep things looking darker all the time. So it might feel “gloomy” when it’s overcast but it might feel more restful to you in direct sunlight. Grey tints are more neutral; they do not distort or enhance colours like other tints. Brown or rose tints, on the other hand, keep things looking a bit brighter while still cutting glare. These tints tend to be a bit more versatile in various lighting conditions, but they can also distort or enhance colours.


Consider polarization


The next thing to determine is whether you would prefer polarized or non-polarized sunglasses. Polarization provides maximum glare cutting, but it can also distort images. For instance, car windshields can appear “checkered” or a screen display might seem discoloured. Polarized lenses also tend to be lighter in colour. Alternatively, a dark tinted non-polarized lens will still cut glare, but not to the same extent as a polarized lens. However, opting for a non-polarized lens will often lower the overall cost.


Many people consider sunglasses to be a staple of their summer wardrobe. You reach for those shades when the sun is out in full force, but don’t put them away when the temperatures start to drop! Find ones that provide maximum protection and performance and wear them all year round. You’ll be doing yourself a favour. A good pair of sunglasses is a year round investment that will pay dividends.


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions.
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How do I know my glasses will fit?
In order to accommodate the unique features of everyone who purchases frames from Clearview, we pay attention to detail and custom fit each pair of glasses to the individual!
What brands do you sell?

We carry a wide variety of frames, lenses and contact lenses. Check our products & promos page.

Are you up top date with lens technologies?

Finding the perfect pair of glasses is much more than just finding a stylish frame. At Clearview, we keep up to date with the latest lens technologies. See in store for details and to find which lens is right for you.

What kind of warranties do you offer?
Warranties are offered on all lenses and most frames. We make replacing scratched lenses and broken frames easy and convenient for you. See in store for specific warranty periods.
How much are eyeglasses?

At Clearview we pride ourselves on making eyewear affordable and available to everyone who walks through our door. We offer frames starting at $29.00 with the purchase of lenses and we have promotions going on all the time!

Do I need an appointment to get my glasses adjusted?

We suggest you call or come in to book an appointment to get eyeglasses adjusted. This way, we can be sure to have enough time to serve you properly.

Do you sell contact lenses?

Yes! Our Opticians, Nathalie and Marc are both fully licenced to dispense contact lenses.

We offer a large selection of brand name contact lenses along with contact lens fitting and teaching sessions. To learn more about the many different contact lens brands and types we carry, please call us at (613) 454-7991 to book an appointment to come see us in store.

How do I book an eye exam?
Eye exams can be arranged either by calling (613) 454-7991 or visiting us at 3722 Innes Road Unit #4-2B.
Do you offer direct billing?

We offer direct billing to most insurance companies, contact us for details.

We offer direct billing for motor vehicle claimants, RCMP and WSIB.

What our customers are saying...

"I've tried different optometrists in Orleans, but this is my favorite. The doctor was very efficient and the staff was very helpful. They helped find excellent frames for my wife and I. We would definitely go back to this store again. I am very happy with the entire visit."

- Brother Ollie

What our customers are saying...

"Excellent, honest and friendly service along with wide range of glasses! Would highly recommend Clearview Eyewear to anyone!."

- Michelle DeBoer

What our customers are saying...

"I just bought a pair today and i could not believe how much time Nathalie spent with me answering all my questions. I was there for almost an hour! I feel like i got great glasses for a great price."

- Allister Beauchamp

What our customers are saying...

"A great big shout out to Nathalie Zalzal owner of Clearview Eyewear in Orleans for all their help today. They worked patiently with me to find the perfect pair of frames and the price was great too. I would recommend them to anyone.
Thanks so much."

- Doreen Dyet

What our customers are saying...

"They have the most amazing customer service - they make you feel at home! A wide selection, you'll be sure to find a pair or two, or three!"

- Melanie Ladouceur

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