Healthy Eyes: Sunglasses To Protect From Harmful UV Rays

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We love the summer season and we love it for good reason. Summertime means outdoor recreation, cookouts, camping and hiking. Its time spent outdoors with friends and family. But if we’re not careful, during the time we spend outdoors in the sun, our eye health can deteriorate. Why? Because of the sun’s UV Rays. Those harmful rays that cause damage to our unprotected skin are equally damaging to our eyes. Some of the damaging effects of UV Rays are Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, and Pterygium.

Cataracts

Cataracts are a clouding-over of the eye’s lens—serious conditions could be compared to seeing out through a car’s windshield that’s covered in ice. It’s a degenerative condition, meaning that it progresses over time; at first, a cataract may not interfere with a person’s daily life, but it can grow to completely obscure a person’s vision.

Macular Degeneration

The term describes the damage done to the retina; damage to the retina can destroy a person’s central vision. And it’s the leading cause of blindness in the United States.

Sunglasses to Protect the Eye

Unfortunately, not all sunglasses are created equal. Sometimes sunglasses are built with fashion in mind, offering little-to-no protection for the eyes. The best types of sunglasses are those that protect the eyes from both UVA and UVB rays. The most protective sunglasses should cover the majority of the eye. When you shop for sunglasses, consider frames that are slightly oversized—oversized but comfortable enough to wear all day—and look at the sunglasses with frames that are designed to wrap around the contours of the face. The wraparound design will provide more coverage for your eyes. And if you are going to be around water, then consider purchasing a pair of sunglasses that have polarized lenses. Polarized lenses are incredibly popular among fisherman and people who do water sports, but they can also help to alleviate eye strain on very bright days.

And remember Vision Optical for all your eye care needs. Vision Optical carries numerous sunglass frame and lens combinations so that you can find a pair that will both look good on your face and protect your eyes from those harmful UV rays.

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