Okanagan summers are stunningly beautiful—but with all of that sunshine, it’s essential to protect your eyes. At Dr. Specs Optical next to the Orchard Mall in Kelowna, we understand life on the lake and the summer activities in Kelowna that make a pair of quality sunglasses a must.
We’ve created a quick guide to help you choose the right glasses for summer—whether you’re sunbathing on Hot Sands Beach, playing catch with the kids at Waterfront Park, or taking out the paddlewheels at Rotary Beach Park.

Look For Sunglasses With UV Protection

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s damaging UV rays can cause damage and premature vision issues without proper eye protection. With the Okanagan sun schedule reaching peaks of 16 hours of sunshine during summer, your eyes will be in the light for most of the day. Selecting a pair of sunglasses with UV protection will help block out the spectrum of light that causes the most harm to your eyes.

Try Oversized Frames With Large Lenses

To make the most of your Kelowna summer activities, go for sunglasses with big lenses and larger frames. The bigger the lens, the more coverage your eyes have from the light and glare of the sun. Look for plastic sunglasses frames with large, round lenses or wrap-around sunglasses that also block out light from the top and sides of the lenses. We carry both in our Kelowna showroom!

Choose Sunglasses with Polarized Lenses

From exciting Okanagan summer camps to lazy days on one of Kelowna’s beaches, it’s essential to have sunglasses that prevent glare off the lake. With Kelowna average summer temperatures often reaching highs of 28 degrees Celsius, most people can’t wait to be near the lake. But with those hot days by Lake Okanagan come bright light, and a lot of reflection off the water. A pair of polarized sunglasses is the ideal choice to prevent glare and make it easier to see during any summer activities. Polarization isn’t simply a different lens colour—it also improves clarity and definition of objects in intense light.
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Explore Our Selection of Sunglasses

Dr. Specs Optical offers a wide selection of sunglasses, prescription glasses and contact lenses to the Central Okanagan. Contact us today for more information about protecting your eyes during Kelowna summer activities or to book an eye examination.