Summer is here and that means sun exposure is at an all time high. Protecting your eyes from damaging rays is as important as protecting your skin. We’ve found that although many people understand the importance of ultraviolet (UV) protection, they don’t realize that many stores sell the “wrong” type of sunglasses. If you’re considering purchasing a new sunglasses, here are a few things you should look for in a good pair:
1. UV Protection
Your sunglasses should have 99 to 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. While a little UV light will boost your vitamin D levels, too much will thicken tissue around your eyes and damage them; some patients have even developed cataracts and retinal complications due to excessive UV exposure
A Note About Polarized and Darkened Lenses
Polarized and darkened lenses are not a substitute for lenses with UV protection. In fact, darkened lenses cause the pupils to dilate. If they don’t block UV rays, your eyes are actually exposed to more light than if you didn’t wear sunglasses at all.
2. Proper Fit
Finding sunglasses that fit properly is also important. A pair that doesn’t fit well may allow UV rays to reach your eyes, reducing sunglasses’ effectiveness. So, how do you know which ones fit? If you try on a pair that fits your face well, doesn’t touch your eyelashes, but also doesn’t stick out, and aligns with your brow, you’ve got a good fit!
3. Lens Material
There are many sunglass lens material options to choose from: shatterproof glass, plastic, and even polycarbonate. The truth is, lens material is all about your preference and which ones allow you to see better.
We recommend wearing sunglasses that fully protect your eyes every time you step outside, especially after eye surgery. If you’re having blurry vision, increased sensitivity to light, and difficulty with night vision, you may have developed cataracts or another eye disorder. Requesting a diagnosis from your ophthalmologist in a timely manner is essential successful treatment.
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