Protect Your Eyes With Sunglasses

Summer may be coming to an end soon, but people are still getting outside every chance they can get.

While you try to soak up the final rays of the summer season, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun. Ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) is emitted from the sun and can cause sunburns and in extreme cases, skin cancer. Although skin is the most commonly discussed victim of the sun, your eyes are also at risk.

Through extended exposure, UV and HEV (High-Energy Visible) rays have been shown to increase chances of eye-health issues such as:

Cataracts
UV radiation can damage lens proteins in the same way that oxygen triggers harmful oxidative reactions in the lens which cause cataracts.

Macular Degeneration
A condition that comes with age due to extended damage to the retina. UV radiation is said to contribute to the damage, so protecting yourself should help prolong your eye health.

Pinguecula and Pterygium
Growths that can appear on the surface of the eye. They can be caused by irritated eyes from dryness or extended exposure to the sun (UV rays).

Photokeratitis
Sometimes referred to as “snow-blindness”. Victims may experience loss of vision for 24-48 hours after extended exposure to the sun. The most common occurrences are on ski hills or on beaches when the sun is reflecting off the ground.

While you can try and avoid the sun with hats or staying in the shade, sometimes you just want to get out and enjoy the rays to the fullest. For cases like these, use sunglasses!

Many sunglasses can protect from 99%-100% of UV rays through the lenses. One thing to keep in mind is that not all rays will access your eyes through the lenses, they can get into your eyes from all directions around the glasses. For total coverage look for a wrap-around pair of frames that fit closer to your face and protect from all directions.

These issues do not just affect adults, children can experience them as well in extreme cases and starting to protect your eyes at a young age can help prevent vision issues in the future.

In addition to sun damage, a failure to use sunglasses can lead to stress on your eyes and squinting, which can cause wrinkles or headaches. For the ultimate performance in your sunglasses, you can also add polarized lenses. They will reduce glare and brightness through your lenses.

And don’t forget to schedule an eye exam. Eye exams have been found to be some of the earliest predictors of eye health issues and even whole body issues.

Visit your local Hakim Optical store for some personalized advice on what glasses will work best for you.

Popular Autumn Frames 

At Hakim Optical, our goal is to help Canadian shoppers find fun, stylish–and even flirty– glasses for every occasion. When Autumn comes around, we’re eager to help our customers find beautiful, functional, and affordable frames to express their own personal style while meeting the timeless essence of the fall. For our 2022 Hakim fall style guide, we want to share a few of our fall frame favourites!

BLING 

Regardless of your gender, complexion, hair colour, or face shape, these gorgeous BLING frames should be on your go-to fall frames list. Oversized, round, and statement-making screams autumn personality! These gorgeous gold, rounded frames with delicate sparkling arms remind us of the golds and the elegance of autumn. Dress these frames up with a more extravagant outfit for a night on the town, or dress them down with a pair of leggings and boots. Wherever you choose to wear them, you’ll find you’re bringing the beauty of fall into your style.

IVORY

Bring back the beauty of the autumns of yesteryear with these gorgeous vintage-inspired IVORY frames. These warm-toned, half-gold and half-clear frames aren’t just beautiful and eye-catching, they’re classics! Just like watching a spooky movie or carving pumpkins, these glasses scream “autumn”! We recommend these frames for those who have a vintage aesthetic that they’d like to match, or for those who are ready to set a modern-meets-classic trend. Find your own unique style this fall with these gorgeous IVORY frames or a pair just like them at Hakim Optical!

Fashion and Style Inspiration

Looking for some real-world inspiration on how to style your Hakim Optical frames? Look no further than this section of our 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide! Some of our friends online are showing us how they chose to style their new glasses, and we must say: they look amazing! Find your fall inspiration here!

@/KassandraKondo

Here you can see our friend and brand ambassador Kassandra wearing some of our gorgeous simple rounded gold frames. This look paired with a warm sweater and a cup of tea really bring the fall style together. Kassandra’s styling proves that you can make even the most simple and classic frames an autumn statement piece, especially when you choose warm, soft colours that bring the beauty of the season forward.

@/JustinWalls 

Our friend and brand ambassador Justin Walls always knows how to show up looking great! Justin is wearing all neutrals with a pair of traditional thin-framed glasses. With dark frames and large lenses, these glasses are not subtle but they don’t take focus away from his face or his style. In this picture, Justin is showing how to dress in a masculine and stylish way that shows us all how the basics will always be timeless, especially in a fashion-forward season like Autumn!

Sunglasses are for all Year Long!

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you should retire the sunglasses! On the contrary, with summer coming to an end, you should invest in a pair of stylish and affordable autumn sunglasses! As harmful UV rays are always present–even through autumn and winter–finding your sunglasses style now is very important. Just ask our friend Kiki (@/KiKiKhosa), who has truly shown the beauty of sunglasses and autumn attire!

Take Advantage of the Newest Fall Sale!

At Hakim Optical, we love a good deal! What’s even better than a good deal, however, is being able to pass on good deals to our loyal Canadian customers. Every season we come up with a way to save our customers money, and with the 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide in full swing now is a great time to remind our customers what we have to offer!

Save when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue Moist Contacts

Contact Lens Sale 

Whether you wear glasses, contact lenses, or a mix of both, Hakim has got you covered with ongoing contact lens sales and promotions! Currently, when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue contact lenses, you will instantly save $50. Plus, take advantage of a mail-in rebate for another $40 back!

Looking for the perfect pair of glasses for the fall?
Find your nearest Hakim Optical Store today! 

Hakim Optical has provided Canadians with quality corrective lenses at a value that can’t be beat for over 55 years. Our knowledgeable staff and optometrists are here to help you find an eyewear solution tailored specifically to you. 

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