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Things to Know Before Purchasing Sunglasses

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Protecting your eyes from the sun's rays is critical to good eye health. The intense ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun damage sensitive cells in the eyes. Studies have shown that sun exposure may increase your chances of developing eye conditions, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, later in life.

Here are some facts about sun exposure and sunglasses you should know before purchasing your next pair.

  • Even on cloudy days the UV index can be dangerously high, so wear sunglasses year-round!
  • Overexposure to the sun can cause damage to the cornea, tissue growth on the surface of the eyes, as well as skin cancer on the eyelids.
  • Sun damage may contribute to the development of cataracts.
  • People with light-colored eyes are at higher risk for sun damage to the eyes.
  • The FDA recommends choosing sunglasses with a UVA/UVB rating of 100% to get the most UV protection.
  • Even if your contact lenses offer UV protection, you should still wear sunglasses.
  • You don’t need to have extremely dark sunglasses for them to offer protection. Neutral gray, amber, brown, and green lenses can be as effective as dark lenses, if they have a UVA/UVB rating of 100%.
  • Children need UV protection even more than adults as their eyes naturally block out less UV rays than those of adults'.
  • Small infants should always be shaded from direct exposure to the sun.

Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses, year-round. For more prevention tips contact EYEcenter Optometric today!

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Herring

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In Sacramento, California. Visit EYEcenter optometric for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

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