More and more of us are turning to eyeglasses and sunglasses that contain UV protection. This type of eyewear protects against ultraviolet radiation since your eyes absorb the same harmful rays as your skin does when exposed to the sun. UV blocking eyewear can help prevent serious damage, which can include cataracts and macular degeneration.
There are three different types of UV radiation – UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. We don’t ever hear much about the last one (UV-C) because the ozone layer of the earth absorbs it. Therefore, its threat is almost nonexistent. The other two, however, can cause both long- and short-term damage to your eyes and vision.
With summer coming, it might be a good idea to get an answer to the question that you may be asking: what makes sunglasses UV protected? (Or: why you should choose UV protected sunglasses?)
UV protection sunglasses block ultraviolet light from ever reaching your eyes like sunscreen helps keep that same light from damaging your skin. They need to be able to offer protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays to be able to maximize your protection. Darker tinted sunglasses that are not UV-blocking can actually be a problem by causing your pupils to remain large and expose you to larger UV radiation impact.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it may be a good idea for you to use wraparound UV sunglasses to cut down on peripheral amounts of radiation and don’t forget children and teens, either. Inexpensive children’s sunglasses may be so cute that they beg you to buy them, but remember that young eyes can be damaged as easily as older ones. Teens will be interested in style first, but if they are taught about the damages that can come about from ultraviolet radiation, they are sure to start shopping for the UV protective versions of the sunglasses everyone is wearing.
Polarization and UV protection can be confused by some as being the same thing, but they are not. Polarization by itself cannot protect your eyes from radiation, although some polarized sunglasses are also UV protective.
The team here at Classic Vision Care understands how important the gift of sight is, and we strive to provide the best possible eye care to every patient. Classic Vision Care services patients throughout the Atlanta metro area, providing optometry services to patients in Vinings, West Paces Ferry, Smyrna, and East Cobb. To learn more about the services available at Classic Vision Care, schedule a consultation online or by calling our office today.