Fewer than 10% of Americans know that their eyes can get sunburned, and that’s not the only impact ultraviolet light has on your eyes and vision. Nicole Wellensiek, OD, and the team at Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch in Littleton, Colorado, encourage everyone to protect their eyes with sunglasses. They offer a broad selection of today’s fashionable sunglass frames and customize the lens to support your vision needs. To schedule an appointment, connect online or call the office today.
Ultraviolet (UV) light, whether from natural sunlight or a tanning bed, affects the outer surface of your eye, but it doesn’t stop there. UV light can also penetrate deep into your eye, where it causes damage and leads to eye diseases.
Problems that develop when you don’t wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV light include:
Your risk of UV eye damage is highest when you spend time at the beach or in the snow. Water, sand, and snow reflect UV light. As a result, your eyes get the extra intensity of direct and indirect UV exposure.
The most important criteria for selecting sunglasses is to be sure they block or absorb 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation. If you purchase sunglasses in a store, the label may say that they absorb UV light up to 400nm, which is the same as 100% protection.
These are a few of your sunglass options:
If you wear eyeglasses, you’ll want sunglasses that correct your vision. Patients who wear contact lenses may get specialty contacts that filter UV light, but they should also wear sunglasses for optimal protection.
If you wear sunglasses while playing sports, consider a scratch-resistant coating and polycarbonate plastic sunglasses, which are especially strong.
Polarized lenses reduce glare, but that’s not related to UV protection. Be sure your sunglasses have both qualities.
Also known as transition lenses, these sunglasses automatically darken in bright light and lighten in low light. Photochromic sunglasses can be great for absorbing UV light, but they won’t start to protect your eyes until after the lens color changes.
UV radiation enters your eyes from the side, a problem you can prevent with wraparound sunglasses.
The team at Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch is dedicated to protecting your eyes, but they also understand that you want sunglasses that match your style and make you look fabulous. They carry many of today’s most fashionable brands and also have a variety of frames at varying prices.
If you need exceptional sunglasses, call Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch or book an appointment online.
We are Optometrists & Opticians located in Sterling Ranch, Littleton, CO. Call us to book your appointment today.