Why You Need Sunglasses and How to Choose the Right Type
At EYECARE for You in Richboro, PA, our optometrists treat many different eye conditions. We focus on overall eye health, including providing eye exams, glasses, and vision therapy. Dr. Joyce, Dr. Lynch & Dr. Rosenthal is committed to providing excellent eye care. We understand that some problems can be prevented or reduced with the right protection. Sunglasses are a great way to protect the health of your eyes.
Do You Really Need Sunglasses?
Yes. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun's damaging UV rays. People often use sunblock to protect their skin but neglect the delicate eyes. It is not just a danger during the hot summer months, either. UV rays can damage your eyes at any time of year.
Sun exposure increases your risk of developing cataracts and eye diseases. These are the result of years of long-term exposure. By the time you are diagnosed, the damage has been done. Growths on the eye are related to sun exposure and often seen in those who spend large amounts of time in the sun.
Snow blindness is a condition that develops when the sun's rays reflect off snow, water, sand, or ice. This can cause a burn on the cornea of your eye. The condition usually resolves on its own, but it can cause blurry vision, headaches, and eye pain.
What Type of Sunglasses Do I Need?
Sunglasses should block 99-100% of UVA and UVB light, and 75-90% of visible light. It is often thought that the darker the sunglasses, the more protection they offer. This is false. Darker glasses can block more visible light, but they are not superior for UV protection. Sunglasses designed by reputable brands will list their UV protection, so you can make an informed decision.
Polarized lenses reduce glare, they provide UV protection, and can also be worn indoors if you are sensitive to light. They are frequently used by those who are outdoors often, are exposed to lots of light indoors, have light sensitivity or those that have undergone eye treatment or surgery.
Photochromatic lenses darken when exposed to light, making them ideal for indoor and outdoor use. They are also ideal for those who spend lots of time driving. They are extremely popular due to their convenience and versatility.
Blue blocking sunglasses block out blue rays. In addition to providing UV protection, they can reduce eye strain associated with frequent computer use. They are ideal for anyone who wants to combine sun protection with protection from electronic devices and even some types of indoor lighting.
Call EYECARE for You Today!
If you need sunglasses, visit us at EYECARE for You in Richboro, PA. We also serve the surrounding area including Newtown, Langhorne, Southampton, Northampton, Holland, and Yardley. Dr. Joyce, Dr. Lynch & Dr. Rosenthal will begin by giving you an eye exam, then help you select the right sunglasses for your needs.