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UV Protection is a Hot Topic!

Dr. Brightman
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 by Dr. Brightman

By now, I hope that everyone is aware of the importance of protecting our skin from harmful UV rays. Our eyes should be no exception because they are equally affected by the damaging effects of sunlight. There are some important factors to look for when choosing your sunglasses.

The most important thing is UVA and UVB protection. Not sure if your sunglasses protect against both? If you are buying your sunglasses at a convenience store, chances are you are getting the bare minimum UV protection required by law (UVB only) in a material not suited for optimal vision. UVB radiation causes sunburns, so it stands to reason that we want to protect ourselves from that. Most sunglasses have UVB protection. The windshield of your vehicle, however, also offers decent protection from these wavelengths. UVA radiation, on the other hand, is the more damaging wavelength to skin and eye tissue. Wrinkles, cataracts, macular degeneration, and age spots are all caused by UVA. Our windshield does not protect us from these wavelengths nearly as well. It takes a quality pair of sunglasses to block 100% of both UVA and UVB light. Designer names like Oakley and Maui Jim always provide full UVA and UVB protection in a superior optical quality material.

That brings us to the second most important thing. Good sunglasses will not adversely affect the clarity of your vision. Just like your prescription eyeglasses, your sunglasses should be optical quality. Have you ever noticed that non-prescription sunglasses can give you a headache and make you feel that your vision is not as clear and crisp? That is because poor quality materials cause visual discomfort. When you buy a pair of designer sunglasses, you can be sure that your visual quality will not suffer.

To enhance the quality of your vision even more, I recommend polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses have a built-in filter that reduces the blinding glare from surfaces such as water, snow, and chrome. Polarization helps reduce the intermittent blind spots in your vision when you are dazzled by a very bright light. These lenses are the best for driving, boating, or any other outdoor activities. In a recent industry survey, polarized lenses scored the highest among consumers. 98% of people who purchased polarized lenses said they would choose it for their next pair of sunglasses. They come in various tints to best suit your lifestyle and preference.

Sunglasses are a great way to look good and see great! Please stop in and see our wide variety of sunwear. We’ll help get you in a pair that suits your vision needs and keeps your eyes healthy.

 

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