Sunglasses – A Year ‘Round Necessity in Eye Protection

sunglassesYou might think it’s “that time of year” to make sure your eyes are protected from the sun. But, it’s really important to protect them all year ‘round, not just in the warmer months.

Long term exposure to UV rays causes damage to the eyes and increases risk for cataracts and may cause damage to the retina. Certain factors can also increase this risk. For example, if you live near the water or the snow, take certain medications or have had previous eye issues, your risk for UV damage can increase. Also, remember that sun protection for the eyes is important at every age, even for young children.

According to the American Optometry Association, , to adequately protect your eyes, here are some key features you should look for when shopping for sunglasses:

  • block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation

  • screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light

  • be perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection

  • have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition

If you participate in sports or activities where you risk impact, make sure your lenses are impact resistant., made from polycarbonate or Trivex material.

Bigger is better when it comes to sunglasses; the more coverage, the more protection. Look for wrap-around styles to protect your eyes and the area around your eyes from rays that sneak in from the side.

And have fun with your sunglasses! The options abound for both prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. Middleburg Eye Center has an on-site optical boutique. We’ll help you find the sunglasses that are perfect for you.