Most people understand that we must protect our skin from sun damage, but many may not know that there are reasons to wear sunglasses other than keeping up with the latest fashion. Ultraviolet rays (UV) can not only harm the eyes but also affect vision.
How can the sun affect my eyes?
How do I protect my eyes from UV damage?
- Sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Even if you wear prescription eyeglasses, you can have almost any pair of designer sunglasses made into a personalized pair of prescription sunwear!
- UV protection built into your regular eyeglasses. Even if you don’t have Transitions lenses (that change from light to dark in the sun), you should at least have a clear UV coat on your lenses to protect you from UV rays.
- Contacts can protect you too! You may not even realize that your contacts have UV protection as well! Many companies have incorporated the valuable protection into their lenses. Ask your doctor if your lenses protect your eyes from the sun.
So get out there and enjoy your summer and make sure to stop by the Eye Center and pick out a great looking pair of shades; you can say it was “doctor’s orders”!
Dr. Amanda Nanasy, O.D.