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Sunglasses: Protect Your Peepers


June brings with it, not only the first day of summer, but also National Sunglasses Day (6/27). In keeping with these two annual milestones, let’s chat about the importance of wearing sunglasses! Many people simply think of sunglasses as a summertime fashion accessory but don’t stop to consider the benefits of wearing the proper sunglasses or the dangers associated with leaving your eyes unprotected.

As you look for the perfect pair of shades, it’s important to remember that all sunglasses are not created with the same technology or ultraviolet protection. The sun’s rays, when unfiltered, can be quite harmful to the human eye. Thus, it is important to consider the percentage of damaging radiation that the sunglasses block. Ideally, you’re looking for a lens that will block 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. This goes hand in hand with the next point to consider: coverage.

You want to be sure you are selecting sunglasses that offer plenty of eye and facial coverage, fitting your face shape or specific activity for which they will be used. This will ensure that minimal amounts of harmful radiation reach your eye, and that the tender skin around your eyes is protected. Proper coverage, along with a UV-filtering lens, can reduce the chances of skin cancer developing here. Those with light-colored eyes are even more susceptible. So, whether you’re planning on wearing the sunglasses every day or for a specific activity like running, hopping on the bike, or working in the garden, coverage is important!

We’ve all seen them: impulse-buy-sunglasses at the checkout counter, likely at your local convenience store or gas station. While these may seem like a quick solution to protect your eyes in a pinch, they could actually be doing you more harm than good. These sunglasses likely do not have proper UV-filtration technology, are often not polarized*, and are certainly not fitted to you by an optical professional to determine coverage. These sunglasses tend to simply shade the eye, still letting in that harmful radiation and glare.

*Polarization: the process by which a lens filters horizontal glare before it reaches the eye. This could come from the surface of water, a wet road, or a dew-covered golf course in the morning! 

Summer is here, and we at Gramercy Park Optical want to make sure you have the proper eyewear to keep your eyes safe while you have fun in the sun -- and look great doing it! Schedule an appointment with us today at our New York office, and we look forward to seeing you soon!



Starting 12/29/2020, we are seeing patients for Exams, Repairs, and Pickups by appointment only. Please call ahead.

Dear Patients,

After over 40 years of great memories in our beautiful office we are sad to tell you Gramercy Park Optical will be permanently closing our doors on June 30, 2021.

Medical records will continue to be available for the period of time required by law at Kips Bay Optical, located at 608 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016. You may obtain a copy of your medical records or request your current eyewear prescriptions by contacting the team there at 212-686-1653 or

It is important for you to make arrangements to continue to receive quality eye care. If you wish to continue your care with Kips Bay Optical’s caring optometrist Dr. Samuel Choi, you may call 212-686-1653 or schedule an appointment online.

Alternatively, if you need assistance finding an optometrist or ophthalmologist, you may contact your health plan and request a list of providers specializing in this type of care in your plan’s network. You may of course have your records transferred to the eye care professional of your choice.

We have loved being part of this community, and we wish you the best in the future. We hope you continue to see life to its fullest!