UV Protection Sunglasses

UV Protection Sunglasses

UV Protection Sunglasses

Protecting your eyes for the sun’s harmful rays is just as important for your eyes, as it is for your skin. While most people protect their skin from the sun, some don’t realize they need to protect their vision too. After all, your eyes absorb the same harmful UV rays. Which is why protecting them is so important. UV protection sunglasses can help prevent serious damage, and reduce your risk of developing age-related eye diseases.

Unfortunately, the average person doesn’t think about UV protection for their eyes as much as they do for their skin on sunny days. And, even fewer people think about UV protection on cloudy or hazy days. For this reason, we offer some insight on the importance of wearing not just any sunglasses, but UV protection sunglasses.

The average person doesn’t think about UV protection for their eyes as much as they do for their skin.

UV Protection Sunglasses

Why Wear Sunglasses

Research shows that long hours in the sun without protection for your eyes increase your chances of developing certain eye diseases. Whether at the lake, beach, walking around town, or in the snow, without the right kind of protection you put yourself at greater risk. While some people choose sunglasses for style, the most important thing is to make sure they are 100 percent UV-A and UV-B blocking.

As many as 20 percent of cataracts may be the result of over exposure to UV radiation, and macular degeneration, also occurs more commonly (long-term effects). Additionally, UV rays reflected off sand and water can cause eyes to sunburn, potentially resulting in temporary blindness in just a few short hours (short-term effects).For these reasons, wearing sunglasses is just as important for your eyes as sunblock is for your skin. With this in mind, here is what you should look for in UV protection sunglasses.

As many as 20 percent of cataracts may be the result of over exposure to UV radiation, and macular degeneration, also occurs more commonly (long-term effects).

What to Look for in UV Protection Sunglasses

Because UV damage is cumulative, getting into the habit of wearing UV protection sunglasses can help mitigate problems in the future. For the best defense, look for sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays. Be cautious of buying sunglasses that are not UV-blocking sunglasses. The dark tint may allow your pupils to remain larger, exposing you to greater impacts from UV radiation. Look for the little “UV Protection” sticker on the lens of the sunglasses. This is to make sure they are not just tinted lenses. 

And, for those who like to spend a lot of time outdoors, you should consider wearing wrap around UV protection sunglasses. This will help cut down the amount of UV radiation that may enter your eyes from the side (periphery). If your current sunglasses don’t offer UV protection, they are basically useless. While they may look cool, there is nothing cool about the damage too much UV exposure can cause. So, protect your eyes this summer, and every other season by finding the best UV protection sunglasses with UV protection built right into the lenses.

UV Protection Prescription Sunglasses

Ideally, all types of eyewear, including prescription glasses and contact lenses, should protect against UV rays. But because they don’t cover the whole eye and surrounding areas, they are not sufficient eye protection when used alone. For this reason, opt for wraparound sunglasses or close fitting sunglasses with wide lenses that protect your eyes from every angle.To learn more about prescription sunglasses and options available at Murata Eyecare, call us at (805) 522-7007 or send us a message.