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Sunglasses and Sun Safety Quiz

Main St Optometry Newmarket
Published by in Eye Health · 29 June 2019

Sunglass Health

The most important thing to consider when purchasing your lenses is UV protection. It’s tempting to want to snag the hottest seasonal trends for a deal, but it’s important to consider the serious eye health problems associated with sun damage.

Know the risks. Overexposure to UV rays has been linked to eye problems like sunburn, age-related cataracts, degeneration of the cornea, and abnormal growths on the eye’s surface. These conditions can cause irritation, redness, blurred vision, tearing, temporary vision loss, and even blindness in some cases.

Protect your eyes. Wearing your shades year round will protect your eyes from sun damage, but beware: not all sunglasses are created equal.

You get what you pay for. Many inexpensive sunglass lenses scratch easily and have imperfections that cause distortion. When purchasing sunglasses, you should always consider:

  Not all lenses labelled “UV protection” provide safe and optimal levels of protection. Choose quality sunglasses or contacts that block out 99-100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation and screen out 75-90% of visible light.
  Make sure that sunglass lenses are perfectly matched in colour and free of imperfections and distortions.​
  Lens colour matters. Grey-colored lenses reduce light intensity while providing the most natural colour vision.

Stay informed. Get regular eye exams to monitor eye health, maintain good vision and keep up-to-date on the latest in UV protection.

Exposure to UV is cumulative and direct contact with sunlight, even for short periods of time can cause long-term eye health problems.

If you’re still not sure which pair is right for you, we at Main St Optometry will help you find the perfect pair so you can enjoy the sun safely— and in style.

Think you know all about Sunglasses, please feel free to take the Sun Glasses Quiz

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