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The Importance of UV Protection for our Eyes

Did you know that only 40% of Americans wear sunglasses to protect vision? As warmer weather approaches and we find ourselves spending more time outdoors, it’s important to keep our eyes protected from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

UV radiation can be harmful to our body in many different ways.  More are aware of the harm it does to skin, but it can also be harmful to your eyes and your vision.

If your eyes are exposed to excessive amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time, you are likely to experience a temporary effect called photokeratitis.  This is like a ‘sunburn on your eye’ or ‘welder’s eye’ and can be painful, including symptoms like red eyes, a gritty feeling, sensitivity to light and excessive tearing.

Other, more harmful effects, include an increased chance of developing cataracts, cancer, macular degeneration, and even blindness.

To provide adequate protection for your eyes, sunglasses should:

  • block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation;
  • screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light;
  • be perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection; and
  • have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.

With the days getting longer and brighter, make sure everyone in your family has the proper sunglasses. We have plenty of new and stylish sunglass options for everyone.  Stop by and let our highly trained staff help you get the protection that you need.