The right pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Unfortunately, this is an often overlooked aspect of eye health. Keep reading as Insight Vision Center Optometry shares what you need to know about sunglasses and UV protection and how you can keep your eyes safe while enjoying the outdoors.
Understanding UV Protection
Understanding UV protection starts with grasping what UV rays are. They are a type of electromagnetic radiation that comes directly from the sun. There are three types—UVA, UVB and UVC, and while UVC rays are mostly absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, UVA and UVB can reach your eyes and cause damage.
Are Your Sunglasses Providing Enough UV Protection?
Now that you’ve got the basics let’s consider how to ensure your sunglasses offer the UV protection you need. Look for sunglasses labeled as blocking 100% of UV rays or providing “UV400” protection, as they will block both UVA and UVB rays. Remember, the price or the darkness of the lenses doesn’t define the protection level, but the material and coating do. Consulting eye doctors can further guide you in choosing the right pair.
Beyond Sunglasses: Other Forms of UV Protection
While sunglasses are a great start, there are other methods you can use to shield your eyes. Wide-brimmed hats offer extra shade, and UV-blocking contact lenses can add another layer of protection.
Maintain Good Eyesight With Expert Help!
UV protection is essential for maintaining your eye health. Ensuring your sunglasses have the right protection and scheduling regular checkups with your eye doctor are all key steps in safeguarding your vision. At Insight Vision Center Optometry, we also offer Ortho-K to guide you toward optimal eye health.