You know that sunlight can cause sunburn on your skin. Did you know that sunlight can also be harmful to your eyes? The more your eyes are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, the higher your risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration.
Choose sunglasses that provide UV-A & UV-B protection. This level of protection is needed year-round. Both UV-A and UV-B light are present in sunlight, no matter if the temperature is below zero or 101 degrees!
The need for sunglasses protection is not only for adults. Children spend a great deal of time outside. They should wear sunglasses or a hat with a brim that gives their eyes the protection that they need.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), you should wear sunglasses that provide the following protection:
- block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation;
- screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light;
- have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection;
- have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.
- a frame that fits close to your eyes and contours to the shape of your face.
If your outdoor activities also pose the risk of impact to the eye, such as sports, yard work or construction, your sunglasses should be made from an impact resistant material such as polycarbonate.
The best way to make sure that your sunglasses meet these guidelines, is to talk to Dr. Lobaugh or Dr.Teller. At Eye Rx, we offer sunglasses that will have you looking stylish and keeping your eyes healthy to enjoy safe fun in the sun.
Come in and shop our stylish collection of sunglasses. Our skilled opticians will make sure that you have the right lenses and the right fit for your needs.