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UV Rays and Your Eyes: Why Sunglasses Are Important

Last updated 6 years ago

If you wear prescription eyeglasses, then you are probably aware of how vital they are to your everyday life. But have you ever considered the importance of sunglasses as part of your eye care regimen? Whether you have prescription eyewear or not, sun protection for your eyes is crucial to your optic health.

The Dangers of UV Rays

The sun's rays can be dangerous to your skin and eyes. Sunscreen can be used to protect your skin from UV rays, but your eyes need specialized equipment. While eyeglasses may provide some protection from the sun, they don't offer nearly enough UV protection to keep your eyes safe.

How Sunglasses Protect Your Eyes

The lenses of sunglasses have a protective coating that blocks UV rays, much in the same way that sunscreen blocks UV light from burning and damaging your skin. Sunglasses are capable of blocking up to one hundred percent of the UVA and UVB rays that can damage your eyes. Be sure to look for a label detailing the exact percentage of UV rays that your sunglasses can block to ensure maximum protection.

Beyond Eye Protection

Your sunglasses can also provide protection for the skin around your eyes. This skin is quite delicate and susceptible to burning. Large sunglasses can prevent burning, premature aging, and wrinkles around your eyes. Sunglasses can also stop wrinkles that occur because of squinting in the sun.

Types of Sunglasses

Large sunglasses are best because they offer the widest area of protection. You can try clip-on sunglasses to wear with your eyeglasses, or purchase sunglasses with the same prescription as your eyeglasses. Transitions Lenses are another option that combines sun protection with your prescription for an all-purpose pair of eyeglasses. The style and color of sunglasses frames are totally up to you.

For sunglasses and eyeglasses in Long Island, contact us at Wize Eyes. We offer Transitions Lenses, contacts, and eye exams. For an appointment, or to learn more about our selection, call us at (888) 485-0076 today.


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