Ultraviolet (U.V.) light increases your chances of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, eyelid cancer, as well as pterygium and pingueculum (growths that form on the eye’s outer surface).
This is why everyone should wear sunglasses, which protect the tissues in and around the eyes from U.V. light. Sunglasses are not just for summer. We should wear sunglasses when:
- You are exposed to outdoor water, pavement, sand and snow. (U.V. light bounces off of these surfaces.) Polarized sun lenses filter out this reflected light, reducing glare.
- Even when you are outside on cloudy days. U.V. light can still be emitted through clouds. Ultraviolet levels are at their highest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What Age Should I Begin Wearing Sunglasses?
If you believe your child doesn’t need sunglasses, or that you’ve reached an age where the sun won’t affect you, think again.
Truth is, you’re never too young or too old to wear sunglasses. Children have larger pupils and spend more time outdoors than adults. As damage from the sun is cumulative over time, children should wear sunglasses as young as possible. In fact, 50% of our lifetime U.V. exposure occurs by the age of 18.
Anyone who drives should be wearing sunglasses, too. If you require prescription lenses, a dedicated pair of tinted lenses with your prescription is recommended.
A good pair of sunglasses will reduce eyestrain and fatigue, and improve the safety of your driving by allowing you to see sharply without glare. Polarized lenses enable you to see oncoming traffic through the windshields of other vehicles.
With that said, don’t wait any longer to protect your vision from the damaging effects of the sun.
How To Choose Quality Sunglasses
Dr. Jeff Sciberras is well-versed and happy to help you find the perfect sunglasses. At our eye care clinic, you’ll find a selection of fashionable sunglasses that meet every budget. From Polaroid to Polo, our goal is to provide you with the best vision and value in protective, well-made, and comfortable sunglasses.
Follow these tips when shopping for new sunglasses:
- Make sure sunglasses block 99 to 100 percent of both U.V.A. and U.V.B. rays.
- Children should have polycarbonate sunglasses that are durable and unbreakable, with flexible frames.
- Frames, when incorporating prescription lenses, should avoid having a high degree of wrap; otherwise you may experience visual distortion and discomfort.
- Understand the different types of sun lenses available and how they’ll work for you. We recommend polarized sun lenses for all our patients, as those are best at reducing glare. Glare results from reflected light.
- Tints are important in their color and degree to which they are used. Avoid blue tints and tints that are not dark enough, as glare and light sensitivity can result.
Get to know more about tinted lenses and polarized lenses by clicking on this video link.
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