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Sunglasses Specialist

James Leonard Opticians -  - Optometrist

James Leonard Opticians

Optometrist located in Midtown, New York City, NY & Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

Sunglasses provide important protection from UV rays and pollution. At James Leonard Opticians in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and Midtown Manhattan, we help New York City patients find the right lenses for their needs, choosing from a huge collection of frames and lens styles for just the right look.


Why is it important to wear sunglasses?

Sunglasses provide important protection from the sun's UV rays which can cause permanent damage to the retina and other structures of the eyes. Wearing lenses with the right UV protection prevents damaging UV rays from entering the eyes. Plus, wearing sunglasses can improve overall vision by reducing glare and helping to provide clear vision even on the brightest days. Sunglasses can also help protect the delicate skin around the eyes from the damaging effects of UV radiation.

What are high-performance sunglasses?

High-performance sunglasses are glasses that are made for people who participate in outdoor activities and who face specific challenges that can affect their performance. For instance, professional and amateur skiers may find their performance hampered by the glare from surrounding snow. Performance sunglasses work to eliminate these issues without impairing vision so athletes can perform at their peak. Plus, performance lenses use special materials designed to withstand high impacts as well as lightweight frame materials for a more comfortable fit.

Is it OK to wear over-the-counter sunglasses?

While over-the-counter sunglasses may help reduce glare, they do not address the complete array of issues caused by the sun, and inferior lenses and frame construction can result in eye strain, eye fatigue, and headaches. Plus, many cheap frames do not provide comprehensive protection from both UVA and UVB radiation, which means eyes may not be protected from damage from the sun's rays. Wearing sunglasses without proper UV protection can be especially harmful since the tinted lens can cause the pupil to widen, allowing more harmful rays to enter the eye.

Is one type of tint better than another when it comes to sunglasses?

Some people may be more comfortable or see more clearly using certain tints. During a sunglasses fitting appointment, different lenses can be tried on to determine which lens tint is the best choice for providing clear, comfortable vision in bright light conditions.

We offer a large variety of brands that includes:

  • 2.5 Eyephorics
  • Alain Mikli
  • Barton Perreira
  • Bevel
  • Blake Kuwahara
  • Claire Goldsmith
  • Cutler and Gross
  • Dita
  • Etnia Barcelona
  • Face a Face
  • ic! Berlin
  • iGreen
  • James Leonard
  • Lindberg
  • Mykita
  • Oliver Goldsmith
  • Oliver Peoples
  • Orgreen
  • Persol
  • ProDesign
  • Ray-Ban
  • SwissFlex
  • Tom Ford
  • Thom Browne
  • Woow

James Leonard Opticians accepts most insurance plans available in the US, including Cigna, Guardian, United Healthcare, NVA, UFT, VSP, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna, Davis Vision, Eye Med Vision Care, Medicare, Oxford Health Plans. Additionally, to find out how you can benefit from our JLO Corporate Plan or if we accept your union plan, please call our office. We will be happy to answer all of your insurance questions.

Davis Vision
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
National Vision Administrators
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
Oxford Freedom
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