Studies show that ultraviolet (UV) rays have inherent properties that allow them to readily penetrate your eyes. This may put you at a higher risk of developing UV-related vision problems, particularly during summer when solar radiation is stronger. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care recommends wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes. Let your expert optometrist share some essential elements of a good pair of sunglasses.
Lens Size and Color
When it comes to picking your sun eyewear, keep in mind that the bigger, the better. Oversized sunglasses are not only fashion-forward, but they are also useful, efficient and practical. The greater lens area gives more coverage for your eyes, blocking UV rays from easily entering them. Many believe that darker lenses provide better solar shades, which is actually a common myth. It’s still the UV protection percentage that counts.
Optimum Ultraviolet Coverage
Whenever you’re looking for sunglasses, make sure to look for one that has a 100% UV Protection or UV 400 label. This means they can absorb up to 400 nanometers of both UVA and UVB rays. If you’re not sure about their UV blocking properties, we can examine your pair during your eye exam appointment.
Wearing high-quality sunglasses all the time can significantly decrease your risk of developing UV-induced eye conditions, like cataracts, macular degeneration and retinal damage. They can also prevent conjunctival inflammation and corneal sunburn.
You can never go wrong with sunglasses with wraparound frames. Their unique design prevents UV rays from entering your eyes through the sides. We have an array of sunglasses made of premier materials, from the lenses to the frames. They come in various designs, styles and colors to suit your preferences.
If you’re wearing eyeglasses to correct refractive errors, we may also upgrade them with UV-protective treatments. We also offer Transitions® Drivewear®, which combines both polarized and photochromic lens features. So, you’ll have excellent optics and high-quality UV protection whenever you’re outdoors.
If you need help looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses, call us at (301) 859-4060, or complete our form. We serve Rockville and nearby MD areas as well as Alexandria and surrounding VA communities.