Summer is just around the corner. During this season, you can expect higher temperatures and stronger UV rays. While it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors, excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation may increase your risk of developing various eye problems, such as photokeratitis and dry eyes.
One of the best ways to safeguard your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays is to wear sunglasses. Clear View Vision Care shares the things to consider when buying a pair:
Check the UV Label
The first thing you need to consider is the UV protection features of a pair of sunglasses. UV radiation has been positively linked to eye sunburns, cataract development and pterygia formation. Look for a pair that has a sticker showing 100-percent UV protection, or UV400. This label indicates the particular pair can optimally block both UVA and UVB rays, reducing your risk of developing UV-related eye conditions.
Heavily Tinted or Colored Lenses May Not Always Provide Good UV Protection
Many people think that darker sunglasses offer better protection. This is not always the case. Colored or heavily tinted lenses are usually great for enhancing color contrast and cutting glare. However, they may be lacking UV-blocking properties. Checking for the UV 100-percent or UV400 sticker is still a reliable way to determine your pair’s ability to safeguard your eyes. If there are none, we can examine your sunglasses after your eye exams or during your routine visits.
Size is Important
Apart from being fashionable, oversized sunglasses provide better coverage for your eyes. They prevent UV rays from entering your eyes, decreasing your risk of having UV-related eye problems. It’s also a good idea to combine protective lenses with wrap-around frames to ensure UV light won’t come through the sides.
Choose Durable Lens Materials
This season’s warm, sunny weather makes it a good time to participate in outdoor sports or other recreational activities. We suggest looking for sports sunglasses made of polycarbonate. They are specially engineered to withstand high loads of pressure and extreme conditions, reducing their risk of breaking easily. This way, you’ll have superior optics, UV blockage and eye-care protection while you play.
For premier eye care, turn to Clear View Vision Care. In addition to sunglasses, we also manage various eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, refractive errors and more. Call us today at (520) 394-6111 or complete our form to schedule an appointment. We serve Tucson and nearby AZ communities.