As full-service opticians, we want to help protect your eyesight, which is why we recommend that men, women, and children wear 100% UV-absorbent sunglasses.

Without sunglasses, long-term exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can contribute to cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye, including cancer.

While our main concern is preserving your vision, St. Paul Opticians also understands that sunglasses need to be fashionable and functional. That’s why we offer a huge selection of sunglass brands, frames, and lenses to choose from. Visit any of our 6 St. Paul, Minnesota optical centers to browse our styles of sunglasses and get advice from our expert opticians.

Designer Sunglasses for Every Face

At St. Paul Opticians, you’ll find over 2 dozen popular brands of sunglasses, including designer brands from:

  • BCBG Max Azria
  • Callaway
  • Carrera
  • Christian Dior
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Marc Ekco
  • Saks Fifth Avenue

We offer high quality, affordable frames made of carbon, metal, plastic, tech alloy, and titanium. With a selection of over 250 frames and 18 colors, you’re sure to find sunglasses to satisfy everyone in your family.

What’s in a Lens?

Sunglass lenses come in a variety of lens materials and tints. Sunglass lenses may be made of glass, NXT polyurethane, polycarbonate, or acrylic and tinted with a single tint or gradient tint. Self-tinting lenses automatically adjust from indoor lighting to outdoor lighting, while polarized lenses reduce the glare from light reflecting on water, roads, automobiles, snow, and more.

At St. Paul Opticians, we use only ZEISS® lenses to give you the highest quality lenses at an affordable price.

Lens Materials

The material of the sunglass lenses you choose affects their clarity, weight, durability, and cost. Glass lenses offer the best clarity while NXT polyurethane is the most durable and impact-resistant. Many people choose polycarbonate lenses as an excellent all-around option for good clarity and impact resistance at an affordable price. Acrylic lenses are the least expensive.

Lens Colors

Ever wonder what the difference is in brown, yellow, or rose-colored tints? Each one reduces brightness in a different way.

  • Brown, gray, or green lenses are generally color-neutral and an excellent choice for moderate-to-bright light.
  • Yellow, gold, or amber lenses are best suited for moderate-to-low level light conditions such as an overcast sky. With outstanding depth perception and enhanced contrast in flat-light conditions, these lenses are popular for a variety of sports.
  • Rose-colored lenses are an excellent choice for low-light visibility. They also enhance contrast, as well as the visibility of objects against blue and green backgrounds, which is why many people prefer them for driving.
  • Mirror-coated lenses, also called flash coating, are highly reflective and superb at reducing glare on bright, clear sunny days. With their many different colors, mirrored sunglasses and goggles are extremely popular among snow skiers and snowboarders.
  • Polarized lenses contain a special filter that reduces glare from water and snow by blocking light reflecting from these surfaces. Fisherman, boaters, and water sports enthusiasts have long preferred polarized sunglasses for their on-the-water activities.

We’ll Help You Choose the Sunglasses that Are Right for You

With so many choices, it’s hard to decide which sunglasses you need. Some people keep more than one pair of sunglasses on hand for different occasions, but the majority of people need only one pair. While you may prefer a certain color lens or frame style, our opticians can help you determine which sunglasses will be best for you and your lifestyle.

For one of the most extensive selections of sunglasses in St. Paul and professionals who can help you find what you’re looking for, visit St. Paul Opticians in St. Paul, Eagan, Maplewood, Roseville, Stillwater, or Woodbury, Minnesota.


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