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The Importance of prescription sunnies

Northern Territory drivers are being urged to get their eyes tested and invest in prescription sunglasses, with sun strike a concern as we hit the road once again.

While it’s not a legal requirement to wear sunglasses when driving in bright conditions, polarised glasses can help you keep your eyes on the road when faced with bright light and glare.

With everyone getting back out and onto the road, there’s never been a better time to book an appointment at your local Specsavers.

Sun strike happens when the sun hits the windscreen, causing glare and making it hard to see the road ahead. The problem intensifies in the rain, where moisture on the roads can lead to even more glare.

Specsavers wants to increase driver awareness of the risks, encouraging all road users to wear appropriate sunglasses when driving, in all conditions.

Specsavers Darwin Optometrist Partner, Gaileen Flynn encourages drivers to get their eyes tested.

“It’s a must for spec-wearers to invest in prescription sunglasses or to wear contact lenses underneath their sunglasses when driving to maintain optimal vision and take the best care on the roads. Even for those who don’t need prescription glasses, good-quality polarised sunglasses are a must for all drivers.

“You wouldn’t drive your car without fastening your seatbelt, so why would you get behind the wheel without putting on your glasses?”
“Good sunglasses with polarised lenses eliminate 99.9 per cent of glare that is created with reflective surfaces, improving vision and making drivers safer on the road.”

Specsavers recommends everyone has an eye exam once every two years and more frequently if there’s a history of eye health issues or are over 60.

To book an appointment with your nearest Specsavers, visit

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Words: James Gratton



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