The Importance of Sunglasses

Sunglasses immediately conjure up images of high fashion and celebrity. But in reality, they actually serve a greater purpose, by protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.  

At Classic Vision Care, we’re here to serve your needs with a full-service optometry center at both of our locations in Kennesaw and Marietta, Georgia. So, we’ve compiled this helpful guide to sunglasses, why they’re important and what kind to pick out. 

Why it’s important to protect your eyes

The sun projects harmful UV rays year-round, and not just during the summertime. So, your eyes are constantly exposed to these harmful rays anytime you go outside. In fact, even in cloudy weather when the sun isn’t visible, your eyes can still become exposed to and damaged by these harmful rays. 

And UV rays can cause a significant amount of damage to your eyes. Some common conditions that you can develop if your eyes are exposed to the sun for too long, include: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunglasses with the most protection 

When purchasing sunglasses, you’ll want to pick a pair that protects against 100% percent of all UVA and UVB lights. This is usually advertised on the glasses themselves, if you opt for a store-bought pair, but not all glasses will indicate this; and not all store-bought sunglasses offer complete protection. 

If you opt for prescription sunglasses purchased through us, you’ll get 100% UVA and UVB protection. This is important, because wearing sunglasses that don’t block out harmful rays could potentially be worse for your eyes than no sunglasses at all.  

We’re here to answer any questions that you may have about the kind of sunglasses that are best for you. To learn more about protecting your eyes, call us or make an appointment right on our website today.

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