Celebrate Spring Break with a New Pair of Sunglasses

Whether you’re traveling to Florida, going on a tropical cruise with the family or spending time at home during spring break – one thing’s for sure – you need a great pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun. The Optical Boutiques at Illinois Eye Center are proud to offer sun protection for all ages, from top brands at affordable prices.

Why It’s Important to Pick a Good Pair of Sunglasses

High-quality sunglasses can ward off wrinkles at the corner of your eyes that develop with squinting, help keep the whites of your eyes from becoming red due to excess sun exposure, and block the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light. The sun gives off UV radiation that we can’t see or even feel. In small doses, it can boost our vitamin D levels, but too much can cause painful sunburns, skin cancer and damage to the eyes.

The next time you’re shopping for sunglasses, read the label. Do they block 100% of UVA and UVB rays? If not, then they’re not the sunglasses for you. UV light can cause cataracts, destroy the retina and even cause tissue to grow over your eyes.

Make sure to try sunglasses on to ensure a good fit. Our experienced, certified opticians help you find the best frames to fit your unique face shape. An ill-fitting pair of sunglasses can let UV rays in. Sunglasses that wrap around your eyes and line up with your brow line can help block UV light.

Here’s some additional things to keep in mind when shopping for your next pair of sunglasses:

  • Polarized lenses: They’re great for reducing glare at the beach, on the ski slopes or when you’re out on the water.
  • Darkness and color: Keep in mind – a darker lens doesn’t mean it’s blocking more UV light. Always read the label to make sure the lenses offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.
  • Lens types: We understand that there’s a lot of options out there – shatterproof glass, plastic, polycarbonate material, etc. Our opticians will help explain what options are the best for your lifestyle and budget.
  • Stay on top of this year’s color trends: The pantone colors of the year are rose quartz and serenity. Our Optical Boutiques have a variety of frames available in those colors for both eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Make sunglasses a part of your daily routine! They’ll help you protect your eyes for years to come. Visit our website for more information on eyewear for your entire family.

Memorial Day Holiday Hours

Saturday 5/25 – Peoria Office by Appointment Only
All Other Offices Closed

Monday 5/27 – All Offices Closed

Tuesday 5/28 – Resume Normal Hours at All Locations

Illinois Eye Center is open today, 01/23/2024, at all locations.

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Holiday Hours

Saturday, 9/2

Peoria office open by appointment only

(Pekin & Washington are always closed on Saturdays)

Monday, 9/4

All offices closed

Tuesday, 9/5

Peoria & Pekin offices resume normal hours

Note: The Washington office will remain closed for renovations until Monday, Sept 18. 2023