Many people are aware of the harmful effects of UV-A and UV-B radiation on the skin. However, they may not realize that they can also have long- and short-term negative effects on the eyes and vision. Over a short period, patients will likely experience photokeratitis, a painful, foreign body sensation or gritty feeling in the eye that causes sensitivity to light and excessive tearing.
When exposed over a long period, the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in life increases exponentially. That’s why you need quality sunglasses or contact lenses that offer UV protection. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, home to your trusted eye doctor in Alexandria, VA, discusses their role in shielding your eyes:
Features of Top Quality Glasses
- Block out at least 99% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation
- Screen out 75 to 90% of visible light
- Perfectly matches lens color and free of distortion or any imperfection
- If you participate in outdoor work or sports, the lenses should be made from polycarbonate or Trivex® material since they provide the most impact resistance
We will prescribe the perfect fit for your vision after your eye exam in Rockville, MD. We offer High Definition eyeglass lenses customized to fit your visual acuity. Browse our selection of designer eyewear, such as Maui Jim, Coach, and Tiffany and Co. They are for every age and stage of your life, and our seasoned staff will be on hand to provide expert assistance.
Protecting Your Eyes from Blue and Violet Light
Chronic exposure to light on these spectrums may be harmful to the retina. Many digital devices today emit this shorter-wavelength visible light, which is a risk factor for the onset of age-related macular degeneration. We offer protective lenses designed specifically to filter this light.
In addition to our eyewear services, we offer laser eye surgery in Washington, DC, to correct low vision. Let us work with you today to maintain your healthy eyesight.
Give us a call at (301) 859-4060 to schedule your visit. You can also reach us though our contact form.