Wearing sunglasses year-round is necessary because the sun, specifically the harm caused by ultraviolet rays, is not a seasonal adversary. No matter the time of year, sunlight exposure increases the risk of damage to the eyes including the development of cataracts, eye cancer, pterygium, and macular degeneration. However, not all sunglasses are created equal. For UV protection of your eyes and why it’s essential year-round, Eye Institute of South Jersey, P.C. can help you select the right glasses to protect you from UV light that can seriously impact your vision.
Features of quality eye protection include sunglasses that have ultraviolet protection with a UVA and UVB blockage of 100%, material of frame and lenses, accurate sizing, as well as anti-scratch and anti-reflective layers. Various health benefits can be attributed to wearing sunglasses. The most critical benefit is protection from ultraviolet light that can produce harmful effects on the eyelids, lenses, and cornea. Exposure to unfiltered sunlight can lead to blindness and cancer. Sunglasses will also provide protection against dry eye, redness, itchiness, and irritation that may result from debris, wind, and dry climate conditions. Protective eyewear is not only important for blocking direct sun but from the sun’s reflection off bodies of water or snow. Reflected light can lead to corneal burns.
Sunglasses not only protect the eyes but also shield the delicate skin around the eyes. Skin around the eyelid is very thin and more susceptible to sunlight damage. Just as you would apply sunscreen to protect your skin against UV damage, wear appropriate sunglasses to fight off the same effects from your eyes. Your new pair of shades should include such details as UV protection, wrap around style or overside glasses, polarization, and tinting. Good quality sunglasses come in a variety of styes and price points. With your next comprehensive eye exam at Eye Institute of South Jersey, P.C., make sure to allow time to try on different options. Our staff will be happy to help you find the best UV protection for your eyes to keep your vision safe year-round. Call today at 856-205-1100 or visit WEBSITE for more details.