3 Solutions for Sun Safety: Essential UV Eye Protection

3 Solutions for Sun Safety: Essential UV Eye Protection

Recent news from the Straits Times has highlighted the concerning spike in ultraviolet (UV) levels in Singapore, reaching extreme levels with temperatures soaring up to 35.7°C on 27 March 2024.

This alarming development underscores the urgent need for effective UV protection measures to safeguard our health, particularly the well-being of our eyes.

In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of UV protection amid extreme UV levels, and how essential UV protection solutions such as sunglasses, clip-ons, and photochromic lenses play a crucial role in mitigating the risks associated with high UV exposure.


Extreme UV Levels: A Cause for Concern

According to the Straits Times, the UV index in Singapore rose to extreme levels, peaking at a staggering reading of 12 on 27 March. This surge in UV intensity poses significant risks to our skin and eyes, increasing the likelihood of sunburn, premature aging, and eye damage.

The higher the reading, the greater the possibility of harmful effects on the skin and eyes, NEA’s website stated.

UV index readings of 11 and above are considered extreme, while those between eight and 10 are considered very high.

With such high UV levels, it's important that we take proactive steps to shield ourselves from the sun's harmful rays and minimise the adverse effects of UV exposure.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has issued essential guidelines for UV protection, including the use of umbrellas, wearing hats and sunglasses, and applying sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 every two hours.

Essential UV Protection Solutions for Your Eyes:

Amidst the heightened UV threat, it is worth exploring effective UV protection solutions.



Sunglasses are essential for blocking harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of eye damage such as cataracts or in extreme cases, photokeratitis (or the "sun burn of the eye"). With various styles available, they offer both fashion and function.

Here at Raylite Optical, we have a wide range of UV-protection sunglasses at our retail stores, from your favourite brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Porsche Design, Prada & many more! 


We are able to prescribe both plano (zero-degree) and prescription sunglass lenses, in a wide variety of tints. Gradient tones and custom colours are also available!


Clip-on sunglasses are convenient additions to prescription eyewear, instantly transforming regular glasses into UV-blocking shades. This is a practical and versatile option, particularly for individuals who wear prescription eyeglasses.

Photochromic Lenses:

Photochromic lenses adapt to changing light conditions, darkening outdoors to shield against UV radiation and clearing indoors for optimal visibility. Perfect for those transitioning between indoor and outdoor settings, they provide continuous UV defense without the need for multiple pairs of glasses or clip-on attachments. 

Here at Raylite, we offer various photochromic lens options from brands including Transitions, Photofusion (by ZEISS) and Sensity (by Hoya). Speak to our lens consultants in-store to find out more!


The recent surge in UV intensity serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adopting proactive measures to safeguard our eye health. By adhering to NEA's recommendations and leveraging essential UV protection solutions such as sunglasses, clip-ons, and photochromic lenses, we can effectively shield our eyes from the sun's harmful rays and minimise the risks associated with high UV exposure.

Let's take proactive steps to protect our eyes and preserve our vision clarity amidst the challenges posed by extreme UV levels.

Visit our retail stores in Tampines 201-D and Taste Orchard to find out about our vision care solutions. 

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