We’re right in the midst of the gorgeous summer months, and that means you may be spending more time outdoors. Whenever you are, it is vital that you protect your eyes. UV rays are harmful enough that they could cause permanent damage. When you wear sunglasses, you do more than diminish the glare of sunlight. You also filter the rays that enter the eye, which eases the stress on internal structures.
UV exposure can be decreased approximately 30% behind absorptive lenses and by topping off sun protection with an appropriate, wide-brimmed hat. This is especially critical when vision is already impaired. Individuals with retinal conditions, diabetic eye disease, or glaucoma benefit significantly from an increase in contrast and a decrease in glare during the daytime hours.
We are now seeing, more than ever, that sunglasses are far more than a fashion accessory. The filtering of sunlight is necessary in order to reduce the risks of cataracts later in life, and also of macular degeneration. In order to gain all of the benefits offered by sunglasses, though, you’ve got to have the right pair.
Choosing the Right Pair
It is possible to filter 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays with a good pair of sunglasses. An eye care professional can assist you in identifying your needs, and also in understanding the specifications that your spectacles need to have.
Some simple tips for choosing sunglasses include:
- Ultraviolet-blocking is a coating applied to a lens. This is less efficient than a protective lens.
- Dark lenses are not better. It’s the claim of absorbing a high percentage of UVA and UVB light that matters. This should be stated on the product label.
- Polycarbonate lenses are durable, will not shatter, and they offer UVA and UVB blocking. These lenses are only available from eye care professionals.
- Individuals with low vision can still benefit from sunglasses. We recommend scheduling a consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist.
- Polarized lenses reduce glare and are optimal for use near the water. These lenses may also improve comfort for individuals who are photosensitive.
Schedule a Consultation
There are several ways you can take great care of your eyes. When advanced treatments are necessary, we’re here for you. Vitreo Retinal Surgery has eight offices throughout Minnesota to serve you. Contact us at (800) 877-2500.