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Cheap sunglasses causes allergies?


There was a recent newspaper article in the Daily Mail where a lady bought £1 sunglasses for a holiday. She claimed she had a severe allergic reaction to them which cut short her holiday, and the article is basically about her trying to warn everyone about the perils of wearing "cheap sunglasses".

This article doesn't highlight the correct points of what would have been a more informing and important article. Firstly, the girl is trying to place the blame of her allergy on her sunglasses because they were cheap. This is not correct. The price of the sunglasses has no relevance to her allergy. If someone is allergic to alcohol, it doesn't matter if you pay £5 or £5,000 for the bottle, you will still get an allergic reaction to both. Being cheap or expensive is not the cause of an allergy.

Plastic sunglasses contain dyes and waxes which may or may not have caused the allergy, but all sunglasses contain dyes and waxes, albeit in different amounts. Plastic sunglasses are made from different raw materials, and it just so happened that the sunglasses the girl worn on holiday contained a raw material she was allergic to. Still, allergic reactions to plastic glasses and plastic sunglasses remain rare.

The most important part of the article was the medical experts saying, "The sunglasses do not always offer adequate protection from harmful UV rays (ultraviolet rays) and wearers may be putting their sight at risk." This is very true. A lot of people think the main role of sunglasses is to dim the brightness of sunlight to allow better vision. This concept is wrong. The main role of sunglasses is to provide UV protection against the sun.

UV rays can cause the eyes to age, can induce cataracts, can damage the retina and the lens of the eyes and cause irreversible damage leading to blindness. These are possible results from long term exposure to sunlight. The true role of sunglasses is to protect your eyes, providing them with a layer of protection to reduce or filter out the dangerous UV rays.

The problem with cheap sunglasses is that they may not provide enough or any UV protection. Therefore cheap sunglasses cannot be trusted for this reason. When buying sunglasses, always look for sunglasses that have a wide lens area that can cover as much of the eyes as possible. Light travels and bounces from different directions and angles. Wide rimmed sunglasses can act as a shield from all angles. Last of all, if you don't know what sunglasses offer 100% UV protection, eyebuddy.co.uk only sell designer sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection. Although not as cheap as £1, our designer sunglasses are much better quality. eyebuddy.co.uk are also cheaper than most authentic online sunglasses suppliers.

Tagged with: allergy, Daily Mail, Designer sunglasses, eyebuddy, Sunglasses, ultraviolet, uv rays

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Did you know the Luxottica Group company own or work with many global and famous eyewear brands? These designer brands include: Ray-Ban, Oakley, Arnette, ESS, K&L, Luxottica, Mosley Tribes, Oliver Peoples, Persol, REVO, Sferoflex, Vogue, Anne Klein, Brooks Brothers, Bvlgari, Burberry, Chanel, Chaps, D&G, Dolce&Gabbana, DKNY, Miu Miu, Ralph Lauren, POLO, Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, Tiffany&Co, Tory Burch, Versace and Versus.

The partnership between the Luxottica Group and the designer brands ensures a continual improvement and evolution of eyewear. Luxottica maintains that all their products are of premium quality. Luxottica have an incredible portfolio of luxurious designer glasses, designer sunglasses and a wide selection of professional sports eyewear. The Luxottica Group have amassed a huge customer base worldwide with hope it'll continue to grow as they renew important partnerships with several enormous brands.

Tagged with: Bulgari, Burberry, Bvlgari, Chanel, D&G, Designer glasses, Designer sunglasses, DKNY, Dolce&Gabbana, eyebuddy, Glasses, Luxottica, Miu Miu, Oakley, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Ray-Ban, Sports eyewear, Sunglasses, Versace, Versus, Vogue

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Sunglasses perfect for Summer 2012

Last week we got our eyeglasses fashion experts to selectively choose the trendiest spectacles of 2012 that would be a hit for Summer. This week we have requested their help on the sunglasses they believe will be most popular in the Summer of 2012. With plenty of sports action over this Summer and plenty of sun predicted, it would be great to be ahead of the game and order these beauties earlier in the year before the Summer rush takes over. The designer sunglasses selectively chosen were as follows.

3070 S GucciIce Pick OakleyAkoni Maui Jim

The 3070/S Gucci sunglasses are a brown pair of sunglasses with a striking entwined G logo of Gucci on the arms. This Gucci frame is suitable for females and is predicted to be one of the trendiest sunglasses of Summer. The havana colour will easily compliment most hair colours and colour of attires. The 12-958 Ice Pick Polarised Oakley sunglasses is a semi-rimmed frame more suitable for men. A comfortable fit and generic frame colour means this frame can't go wrong. Oakley are one of the biggest designer sunglasses brands around, this Ice Pick will look fantastic out in Summer. The Akoni Maui Jim Classic sunglasses have a big lens surface area meaning maximum protection for the eyes during Summer against the dangerous UV rays from the sun. Maui Jim are always recommended for Summer and especially any water-related activities such as the pool.

The CHAMPION SML Carrera sunglasses in white are a great choice for people who are happy to move away from the popular black-coloured frame sunglasses. Another female favourite is the 6029B Bvlgari sunglasses. This frame has a beautiful and intricate design on it's arm and has a lovely gradient lens colour change for added style. This Bvlgari frame is a gem for fashion and looks. Last of all, our experts have chosen from the Ray-Ban brand. The 8302 Ray-Ban sunglasses are spectacular in both design, comfortability and technology. Made of special high-tech raw materials, this Ray-Ban frame is very robust and has room for bending. The flexibility of this frame means it's suitable for most head shape and sizes and has a comfortable fit. All these 6 shades have been predicted as best-sellers of Summer 2012 and our fashion experts have given them their approval, have you?

Tagged with: 2012, bvlgari, carrera, Designer sunglasses, eyebuddy, fashion, gucci, maui jim, oakley, ray-ban, summer

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What are polarised lenses

Polarised Lenses

A lot of objects can reflect light. Some of the light is horizontally polarised and some vertically polarised, depending on the angle the light is hitting the object. The light that reflects from an object which obstructs our view is known as glare. Usually it is an intense ray of reflected light, often horizontally polarised. Polarised lenses in designer sunglasses contain a special filter that reduces the horizontally polarised light. Objects that can reflect such light include water, snow and glass.

People who enjoy a lot of water related activities such as fishing will feel the fuller benefits of polarised sunglasses. As water reflects light, it makes it difficult for fishermen and fisherwomen to see under the water. Polarised sunglasses remove or at least reduce some of the glare making the water seem clearer.

Snow, similar to water can reflect light. This is very dangerous for people who are actively partaking in snow based activities such as skiing. Skiing is already a high risk activity. Skiers have enough to deal with when it comes to the ice, hidden dangers, slopes and more. Polarised lenses are highly recommended for skiers as by reducing glare, it removes one of the possible risks of injuring yourself. Removing the glare from the snow allows skiers to have better vision ahead allowing them more time to plan ahead as they enjoy themselves. Polarised snow goggles exist for skiing and other similar activities.

Roads reflect a lot of horizontally polarised light which is why polarised sunglasses are recommended for frequent drivers. Drivers don't want to be hindered by sunlight being reflected from the road surface. It's dangerous for drivers if they are unable to have good vision ahead of them. Removing the glare from the road allows better clarity of vision, more time for judgment and can save lives.

The advantages of polarised lenses are that they remove glare, allow the wearer clearer vision under certain conditions, are comfortable for the eyes and selectively decrease the amount of light. Polarised lenses do come with its disadvantages which should be made aware of. The lenses can reduce the visibility of LCD screens used in the dashboard of some cars, bank machines and other equipment and vehicles. Polarization is heavily affected by the angle you look at objects and also by the time of day (the location of the sun). Overall, polarised sunglasses are far more recommended for outdoor activities, especially for exercises, sports or driving.

Tagged with: Designer sunglasses, Lenses, polarised lenses, polarised sunglasses, Sunglasses

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Eyewear Perfect for Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011 is fast approaching and we have selected the perfect eyewear as a gift for anybody! Sifting through our entire collection of designer glasses and designer sunglasses, we have picked out certain eyewear frames which we feel are special, fashionable and will make a fantastic christmas gift for 2011. If you want any of these frames, you should order them quickly as depending on the frame, some are limited in stock or the waiting time may increase the closer you get to Christmas!!

Christmas Glasses 2011

Christmas Sunglasses 2011

Tagged with: 2011, Christmas, Designer glasses, Designer sunglasses, eyebuddy, Fashion, Glasses, Sunglasses, Trends

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Trending Glasses & Sunglasses 2011

110 Designer Glasses and Sunglasses

We're now midway through 2011 and Summer is approaching an end. Fashion continues to change and I'm here to talk about the new trends, new designer glasses and new designer sunglasses to look out for.

The year 2011 is a popular year for the comeback of bright coloured eyewear. Many celebrities are no longer content with the typical blacks and darker colour frame eyewear. Many enjoy the eccentrics, the colourful and different. This influence on the general public can be seen in the changes of sales and popularity of certain frames.

Designer Glasses

Here are a couple of the most trending designer glasses of the Summer/Autumn season of 2011:

602 FendiTag 31024032B Bvlgari
3091 Dolce & GabbanaCD3747 Dior1041 Oakley

Designer Sunglasses

Here are a couple of the most trending designer sunglasses of the Summer/Autumn season of 2011:

110 Navigator Maui JimS8307 Police3070 S Gucci
2140 Ray-BanEndurance SML Carrera6038B Bvlgari

Tagged with: Autumn, Designer glasses, Designer sunglasses, eyewear, Fashion, Glasses, Summer, Sunglasses, Trending

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Maui Jim sunglasses

With so many designer sunglasses brands in the world, Maui Jim has to be one of the biggest. Maui Jim is an American designer brand well known for their polarised lens sunglasses. Their style is heavily influenced by an oceanic and sports theme. Maui Jim sunglasses are made for general wear, sports activities or water-related activities such as fishing. Their design ranges from full wrapped plastic frames with modified shapes for suiting people’s faces to sporty sunglasses of lightweight titanium allowing comfortable wear for all occasions.

Marketing of Maui Jim is mainly spread through word of mouth. By concentrating their resources on technology, design, research and production they manufacture quality sunglasses that are popular all over the world. Many of the designs are inspired by local scenery on picturesque beaches, seas and reefs. Rather than focus on advertising their own products, Maui Jim let the quality and design of their sunglasses speak volumes instead. In 1999, Forbes magazine listed Maui Jim sunglasses as one of 100 Things Worth Every Penny.

The below is a sample of the collection of some iconic and best sellers of Maui Jim sunglasses:

Sugar Beach Maui JimHanalei Maui JimPilot Maui Jim
Lehua Maui JimHibiscus Maui JimAlana Maui Jim

Tagged with: Designer sunglasses, Forbes, Maui Jim, polarised lens, Sunglasses, word of mouth

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Back in Trend 2011: Bright coloured designer sunglasses

The summer season is fast approaching and this year it has been predicted to be the hottest summer yet! Early preparation will help you avoid suffering in the searing heat as the sun will be roaring down whichever destination you choose.

Sun cream lotion, check. Suitable clothing, check. Sunglasses, nope?

If you haven’t gotten your hands on a pair of sunglasses or you’re unsure what pair to buy then let eyebuddy help you decide!

UV Protection

The first and most important thing to be aware of is to ensure your sunglasses offer 100% UV protection. This is to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays the sun emits. You don’t want sunglasses that block 33% or 80% of the harmful UV rays. You want to go for maximum safety, therefore 100% UV protection is highly recommended and at eyebuddy, all our sunglasses are 100% UV protection guaranteed.

Colour & Trend

In previous years, dark colours were setting the trend for designer sunglasses such as the traditional blacks, browns and gun metals. In 2011, however, fashion experts have predicted a return of bright colours for clothes, designer shoes and designer sunglasses. With such a beautiful summer to come, people want to embrace the warmness by going simple but original in style and colour.

So far this year, people have been targeting warmer colours such as taupe, pink, mauve and lavender. An alternative to these fair colours would be white framed designer sunglasses which match well with the current trending fair coloured dresses for summer.

Brand name

Some of the biggest designer brand names in the sunglasses industry are Ray-Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim and Dior. They’re always coming up with new innovative designs to match the current trending fashion styles and colours. There are plenty of other well known sunglasses brands such as Nike, Miu Miu, D&G, Jimmy Choo, Bvlgari, Police, etc … but one of the brands that have grown considerably and been very successful in 2011 in the UK is Tom Ford. The brand’s concept is perfectly suited to the Anglo-American look and the popularity associated with Tom Ford designer sunglasses is rising at an incredible rate. They have been described as clean, elegant, chic and original.


The media fascination with celebrities has turned them all into potential fashion idols. A lot of people are influenced by what certain celebrities wear and want to model themselves with similar fashion styles. In the recent James Bond films, Daniel Craig has been seen wearing Tom Ford and Persol designer brand sunglasses which led to an influx of orders for identical models. Ray-Ban Wayfarers have always been a big favourite among celebrities. To name a few, those spotted wearing them include actress Jessica Alba, singer Katy Perry (seen above), singer Rihanna (seen above) and British singer Tinie Tempah. Ray-Ban Wayfarer models can be searched on eyebuddy by searching for "Wayfarer" in our search bar at the top.


Optician, The Weekly Journal for Eye Care Professionals - 18.03.11

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Tagged with: 2011, Bvlgari, Christian Dior, Colour, D&G, Daniel Craig, Designer sunglasses, Dior, eyebuddy, Fashion, Jessica Alba, Jimmy Choo, Katy Perry, Maui Jim, Miu Miu, Nike, Oakley, Persol, Police, Ray-Ban, Rihanna, Summer, Sunglasses, Tinie Tempah, Tom Ford, UV rays, Wayfarers

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What sunglasses should I buy?

What sunglasses should I buy?

People often look for different qualities in sunglasses such as purpose, comfort, optical quality, UV protection, weight, warranty, price and brand.

Define 'purpose'.

For example, outdoor sportsmen often wear nylon frame sunglasses (flexible frames that don’t snap easily when pressure is applied). There are plenty of sunglasses in various shapes, sizes and colours if you are looking for fashion. If you want sunglasses for sunbathing or hiding your identity, you should go for wide frame sunglasses.

Can you elaborate on comfort?

Think of your clothes. If they are too large and baggy or too small and short, you’ll end up fidgeting with it. It’s the same story with sunglasses. You want a pair that fit well on your head. The nose bridge is also important as they help relieve pressure on your nose and cheeks. The height of the nose bridge is dependent on the size of your nose. Bigger noses need lower bridges, smaller noses need high bridges.

What do you mean by optical quality?

The clarity of vision, contrast and colour distortion of sunglasses. There are many coloured lenses with differing intensities. Grey and green lenses are neutral lenses with no colour distortion. Turquoise lenses increase contrast enhancement without colour distortion. Brown, yellow and orange lenses increase contrast enhancement but have some colour distortion. Blue and purple lenses are for fashion purposes. As for colour intensities, the darker the lens, the less light will pass through. Last of all, glass lenses offer better visual clarity compared with plastic.

What should I know about UV protection?

Not all sunglasses offer the same amount of UV protection. The European Union require sunglasses to have 95% UV protection (this means reflect or block 95% of the harmful UV rays emitted from the sun). Most opticians would recommend 99-100% (also known as UV400). There is no relation between the price of sunglasses and the amount of UV protection. The best sunglasses for UV protection are wide frame sunglasses with lenses that cover the whole of the eye area. A lot of designer brands are UV400 and have these large round frames for sale.

How about the weight of sunglasses?

The weight of the sunglasses depends on the frame and lens. Frames made of metal are heavier than plastic or nylon but there are lightweight titanium metal frames. For lenses, glass lenses are heavier than plastic. Heavy sunglasses will often leave indentation marks on the face upon removal.

What’s the difference between glass and plastic lenses?

The only advantage glass lenses have over plastic lenses is the better clarity of vision. Plastic lenses are lighter than glass, will not smash apart as easily and can be made much thinner.

Anything else you think I should know?

These are probably useless facts to you and me, but it makes an interesting read. Most people admit the look of the sunglasses is the biggest factor when deciding which one to buy. Some people wear sunglasses indoors not because they want the attention but rather, they just don’t want to make eye contact during a conversation. The biggest problem associated with sunglasses is misplacing them and forgetting where they’ve been laid. This is especially common on holiday, so take care when you have a good pair of designer sunglasses. You don't want to lose them!

Tagged with: Buying sunglasses, Comfort, Designer sunglasses, eyebuddy, Glass lenses, Lenses, Nylon frame, Optical quality, Plastic lenses, Purpose, Sunglasses, Titanium metal frame, UV protection, UV400, Visual clarity

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FIVE reasons why STUDENTS should wear GLASSES and SUNGLASSES

  • Changing appearance

    You don’t need bad vision to wear glasses. Whoever said you did? Glasses are a fashion tool. You want to look sexy, sophisticated, geeky, cute, cool or regular plain; glasses are the answer! Putting makeup on can only do so much, glasses can help enhance the look you want. Students are always out and about, we all want to look good in front of others right? Who doesn’t?! If you’re someone who doesn’t usually wear glasses, try them out. Instant attention success!

  • Sleeping in class

    Student life, most people have been there. Socialising, partying, drinking, lectures and then there’s … well … sleeping. After a heavy night of partying, you’ve somehow managed to drag yourself to an early morning lecture. Just like everyone else you’re half awake, about to drift off but afraid of being caught and thrown out by the lecturer. Here’s the solution, get yourself a pair of wide frame sunglasses! Now you can relax and doze off looking perfectly cool and in the zone!

  • Heavy partying

    After a long and, perhaps in some cases uninspiring day at uni, you need to chill and let loose. You head off to a night club and after a few hours of drinking, your inhibitions have lowered. You wake up the next day full of regret but fear not! As always, we offer you some awesome solutions! First of all, ditch those beer goggles of yours. Everyone knows they’re rubbish for your eyesight! Get real specs! You’ll see a lot better and hopefully you won’t make the same mistake next time. Don’t let them get lucky again. You deserve better!

  • Holiday sunbathing

    It’s been known that students somehow manage to go on holidays together despite the cost. When students do go, it’s may be to Ibiza or Ayia Napa because of the sun, partying, alcohol and music (perhaps students learn this genetically). When you’re not sleeping or partying, you’re probably on the beach sunbathing. Make sure you’re wearing sunglasses. Your eyes are important so look after them! The effects of UV are very strong and the UV protection feature of quality sunglasses is often over-looked.

  • Most obvious

    This bullet point is probably the most blindingly obvious. Apologies for the awful gag. If you’ve been reading this blog with your face almost kissing the screen, chances are you need to wear spectacles. If that is the case, please see your local optician as soon as possible for an eye-test.

On a final note eyebuddy would like to state they are not liable for; your inability to attain instant attention success when wearing glasses; you still ending up being thrown out of the lecture because your sunglasses illusion didn’t fool the lecturer; you getting beer goggles again even after you got some new glasses; any eye-related problems you got from holiday because your sunglasses do not provide UV protection, get a pair of designer sunglasses instead or consult your opticians for their advice before going; stress to your eyes because you were reading this blog too close to the screen. Get yourself to an optician right this instant!

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