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It may be time to replace your sunglasses. Let us tell you why...

Consumer magazine Which? found that 71% of the sunglasses purchased from large high street stores failed the British Standard. Many were so poor quality that they distorted vision, caused headaches and were illegal for driving. Many lenses also failed the impact resistant tests which ensure your safety as well as the longevity of the lenses.’ The message from Which? and eye experts is; Don't risk your comfort and eye health, buy your spectacles from eye experts, not supermarkets and fashion stores.

Old or scratched sunglasses can also let through more UV light than intended. So now is the perfect time to replace them.

Only 40% of people wear sunglasses regularly. Many people seem to believe that if they are 'not sensitive to bright light' or have 'never worn' them, then they don't need to, but unfortunately, no one is immune to the sun's damaging effects.

Sunglasses not only offer better comfort in bright weather but can also help protect against many common eye conditions that develop as we age. We are all aware of the benefits of suncream but often forget about the health of our eyes in the sun. Children from 6 months old should be wearing sunglasses in bright weather. 

So, here are  6 reasons why you should get yourself ready for the sun.

  1. Sunglasses prevent car accidents. Sun glare causes 3,000 injuries due to road accidents every year. .
  2. Wearing sunglasses especially earlier in life can delay the onset of cataracts. We stock sunglasses for babies, toddlers and children.
  3. Wearing sunglasses can help prevent macular degeneration. 1 in 10 over 65s suffer from this sight-threatening condition.
  4. Sunglasses protect the delicate skin around your eyes which we cannot apply sun cream to thus preventing eyelid cancers.
  5. Achieve sporting prowess. New lenses specifically for golf, tennis, cycling and water sports can give you the competitive edge.
  6. Sunglasses are not just for summer. With Serengeti polarised, photochromic lenses you can wear them dawn til dusk throughout the year whenever the sun shines.

Every pair of sunglasses you buy from Buchanan Optometrists will give you 100% UVA and UVB protection as well as meeting the stringent British and European sunglass lens standards.
Frame choice is also extremely important to ensure comfort, durability and fit. Come in and browse our range of sunglasses and ask our dispensing opticians for their expert advise. With a large range of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, sports frames and children’s sunglasses alongside their expert advice, you can be assured your new sunglasses will look great, fit comfortably and provide the best UV protection and sharpest vision. Call in today or book a consultation on 01634 757227 and give your eyes the best care.

Making driving safer

Have you ever driven when the sun is low and the visor in your car appears to offer little resistance against the blinding sun? Have you ever driven on a wet road when the sun has come out and turned the surface to a glass like appearance? Have you ever been unsure what could be hiding in the shadow of a hedge or at the dip of a hill? Do you have light coloured eyes or early cataracts, which cause increased glare levels?


Having the correct lenses can help elevate all these problems, making driving safer and more comfortable, allowing you to see every detail on the road. As the maker of the world's finest driving sunglass, Serengeti® are the number one choice for many professional drivers, pilots and military personnel. They are also the lenses that our optometrists wear throughout the year whenever driving. Serengeti® photochromic lenses feature unparalleled technology to adjust to changing light conditions. Amazingly versatile, the lenses darken in very bright conditions and lighten in overcast or low light levels, to offer the very best protection and superior visual acuity in varying light conditions in any season.

Serengeti photochromatic polarised contrast enhancing sunglasses for driving available as prescription sunglasses at opticians Buchanan optometrists, KentSerengeti® lenses are all polarised, photochromatic and contrast enhancing, giving you the sharpest possible vision. Serengeti® makes two types of lenses, glass and Polar PhD. Both lenses feature Serengeti’s incredible photochromic technology, which should come as no surprise because Serengeti pioneered this technology. Available in non-prescription, prescription and varifocal lenses.

Here's a review of Serengeti sunglasses by one of our clients Mrs Burchell 'Wow !!!! What can I say, there really is such a thing as the preverbal Rose tinted glasses. Well what seems like it anyway and they are called Serengeti Sunglasses. I have a problem with my pupil called Adie's pupil which means that one pupil is permanently fixed & dilated and therefore allows to much light into my eye which makes it very uncomfortable. The Serengeti Sunglasses simply make everything pretty & appear more beautiful to the eye as well as sharpening the images. They have special contrast enhancing lenses that block all glare which means driving now is much more pleasurable. I can now drive into full sun without worrying because I see everything with these sunglasses on. They are just simply fantastic !!!!'

Drivewear lenses are adaptive polarized photochromic prescription sunglass lenses designed for drivers. The lenses are designed specifically to meet the unique visual demands of driving, providing enhanced visual performance and a more enjoyable driving experience no matter what the weather.

These lenses combine polarization and advanced Transitions which activate with visible and UV light to automatically change their degree of darkness and colour. The brighter the weather, the darker the lenses go, meaning they work just as well on a dull cloudy day as they do on a very bright sunny day. Drivewear lenses can make driving more comfortable and enjoyable, enhancing your vision everyday.

Transitions® Signature™ lenses are as clear as an ordinary lens indoors and darken to a sunglass tint outside. The New signature lenses are more responsive to light and have a faster fade back to clear than previous Transitions. Transitions XTRActive lenses now also darken in a car. Ask our dispensing opticians for more information.


If you want to gain the competitive edge in your sport and protect your eyes against injury, read more about Sports sunglasses.

Contact lenses

Where possible all our contact lenses are also UV inhibiting to offer you sun protection even when you can’t be wearing sunglasses.