Whether or not you require vision correction, sunglasses can add an element of comfort and enhanced performance to your activities, while helping you look great
Choosing the Right Sunglasses
Choosing the right sunglasses crucial to eye health
While most are quick to get their hands on the hottest summer trends at the best price, it’s important to consider the serious eye health complications that spending time in the sun can have. Overexposure to UV rays has been linked to a variety of problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, skin cancer, and degeneration of the cornea. UV damage can cause growths on the white part of the eye, which can worsen dry eye problems, by creating an irregular surface. These UV related conditions might cause blurred vision, irritation, redness, tearing, and temporary vision loss. Never stare at the sun as it can lead to solar retinopathy, which in severe cases causes blindness. UV protection is important for all age groups. The World Health Organization estimates that half of your lifetime exposure happens before the age of 18. So remember, it is important to protect your children’s eyes from UV as well as your own.
Prescription Sunglasses are important, too!Prescription sunglasses are a great option to protect from UV light for glasses wearers. Even for those individuals who do wear contact lenses, prescription sunglasses are a fantastic solution on days you prefer not to wear your contacts. Prescription sunglasses give you yet another option for comfort, safety, and great vision.
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Don’t be misled
Not all lenses labeled "UV protection" have safe and optimal levels of protection and many inexpensive lenses have imperfections that cause distortion and are made of materials that scratch easily.
Select quality sunglasses or contact lenses that block out 99 to 100 per cent of UV-A and UV-B radiation and screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light.
Make sure lenses are perfectly matched in colour and free of distortions or imperfections.
Get regular eye exams to monitor eye health, maintain good vision and keep up-to-date on the latest in UV protection (Check out the UV Canada smartphone app for up-to-date info on UV radiation in your location).
Lens colour matters
Gray lenses are the darkest and are colour neutral. Brown lenses enhance colours.
Used to reduce glare, especially when driving or boating.
Remember that sunglasses are not just for summertime. B.C. Doctors of Optometry recommend wearing sunglasses year-round to protect your vision from both sunlight in the summer and glare from snow in the winter sunshine. Your optometrist can make specific recommendations to ensure your eyes are well protected and fit you for your perfect pair of sunglasses.