Summer is here, and that means enjoying plenty of beach time, backyard picnics, bike rides, and outdoor games! We all know it’s important to protect our skin from the sun’s UV rays, but are you also protecting your eyes? Prolonged exposure to bright sunlight can increase your risk for developing cataracts, cancerous growths on your eyes, or even photokeratitis.
The best way to protect your eyes from sun damage is by wearing UV-blocking sunglasses. When choosing your new shades, remember these six important factors:
1 – Choose 100% protection.
When choosing your sunglasses, be sure to check for a sticker or tag indicating that they block 100% of UV rays. Studies have shown that more than half of people buying a new pair of sunglasses forget to check for the UV tag!
2 – The bigger the better.
Your eyes can also be affected by UV rays that enter from the side of your glasses. A bigger pair of shades is both fashionable and offers the most eye protection – a win-win for you!
3 – Darker lenses don’t equal more protection.
You don’t have to buy the darkest lenses on the shelf to block more UV rays. Look for that UV-blocking tag before making your decision.
4 – Color makes no difference.
Some sunglasses come with colored lenses, such as amber, green, or gray. These colors do not necessarily block more sun, but they can increase contrast. This is useful for those who enjoy playing baseball or golf.
5 – Polarized does not mean UV-blocking.
Polarized lenses reduce glare coming off reflective surfaces such as water or pavement. While they can be helpful for driving or boating, polarized lenses do not offer more protection from the sun.
6 – Options for every budget!
An effective pair of sunglasses doesn’t have to break the bank. As long as they are marked to block 100% of UV rays, less expensive pairs can be just as effective.
This summer remember to protect your eyes and your skin from the sun’s rays with UV-blocking sunglasses. If you have questions about your eye health, contact our eye experts or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to helping you see clearer, longer.