We all love the sun, but its invisible rays can damage our skin and harm our eyesight.

We stock a selection of sunglasses, including sport, fashion and prescription sunglasses.  We only stock high quality sunglasses with full UV protection to help protect the eyes from harmful UV light.   Wearing the right tinted lenses for eye protection purposes not only makes sense but also is more comfortable and enhances vision on brighter sunny days.

UV protection

UV protection is important as UV can damage the eyes.   It has been implicated in the early onset of presbyopia, cataract, age-related macular degeneration and the ageing of the skin around the eye.

Sunglass tints

Virtually all our frames and lenses can be made into prescription sunglasses however it is worth bearing in mind that a frame should be big enough to cover the area surrounding the eyes to give full protection from glare – some modern shallow frames mean you may find yourself seeing over the top which is not ideal when you want to cut out glare and dangerous UV light.


Tinted lenses

Stephen Bye Opticians offer a wide variety of pale cosmetic tints and also darker sunglass tints including hi-tech polarising lenses for the best performance available.   We also offer Transitions that are clear indoors and go dark in bright sunlight.   All our tints offer full UV protection.

Polarising Lenses

These reduce glare and are ideal for water based activities such as sailing and fishing.   They also eliminate reflections from wet road surfaces making them ideal for driving.    Polarised lenses are available in both standard and thinner lightweight materials, usually in brown or grey.

Sunglasses for children

Children spend more time outside than adults. The average child receives 3 times the average UV dose of an adult. Up to 80% of life time UV exposure occurs before the age of 20. The crystalline lens of a child lets through more UV radiation to the retina than does the lens of an adult.

It's always important to keep children well protected from the harsh effects of the summer sun; their skin is so very delicate.  But their eyes need adequate protection too. 



If you want the best clarity and protection on the planet, nothing comes close to Oakley’s High Definition Optics (HDO).  Its patented technologies surpass all tests of the American National Standards Institute.

HDO lets you see clearer, sharper and without the magnification of ordinary lenses that act like prescription optics.   You see everything exactly where it is, not shifted like the view from inferior lenses.   You get the unrivalled impact protection and 100% UV filtering of the purest lens material on earth

Founded in 1975, Oakley was created for world-class athletes who see the limits of possibility as just another challenge.  Combining technical brilliance, with sheer designer style, function and fit, the Oakley brand has been built upon the innovative and futuristic ideas of one Jim Jannard, self-proclaimed mad-scientist and inventor.  Jim held firm the belief that ‘everything in the world can and will be made better’.

That’s why we have Oakley today.

All Oakley sunglasses are built using Oakley technology; it’s where physics meets art.  Among it the High Definition Optics give you the best clarity and a Three-Point-Fit means your sunglasses will only touch your nose bridge and temples.  It allows for more comfort.  As well as being practical, the contemporary designs means Oakley sunglasses give a real edge to your image.

The name Oakley means some of the best engineered sunglasses, goggles and prescription spectacles on the planet.

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Photokeratitis or ultraviolet keratitis is a painful eye condition, caused by exposure of insufficiently protected eyes to the ultraviolet (UV) rays from either natural or artificial sources.  Photokeratitis is akin to sunburn of the cornea and conjunctiva, and is not usually noticed until several hours after exposure.  Symptoms include increased tears, a feeling of gritty pain in the eyes.

Wearing eye protection that blocks most of the ultraviolet radiation may prevent the injury, sunglasses rated for sufficient UV protection, or appropriate snow goggles.  The condition is usually managed by removal from the source of ultraviolet, covering the corneas, and administration of pain relief.

Common symptoms include pain (described as like having sand poured into the eyes), intense tears, eyelid twitching, discomfort from bright light and constricted pupils.   Symptoms tend to occur a number of hours after exposure.

Any intense exposure to UV light can lead to photokeratitis.  Photokeratitis caused by exposure to sunlight reflected from ice and snow, particularly at elevation, commonly called snow blindness.  It can also occur due to using tanning beds without proper eyewear.

Natural sources include bright sunlight reflected from snow or ice or less commonly from sea or sand.  Fresh snow reflects about 80% of the UV radiation compared to a dry, sandy beach (15%) or sea foam (25%).  This is especially a problem in Polar Regions and at high altitudes, as with every thousand feet (approximately 305 meters) of elevation (above sea level), the intensity of UV rays increases by four percent

Although ultraviolet is invisible to the human eye, most people are aware of the effects of UV through the painful condition of sunburn.


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