Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory.  But besides providing style, quality sunglasses do so much more.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight has been associated with the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  Quality sunglasses protect your eyes by blocking 100 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays. Sunglasses also protect the delicate skin around the eyes from UV rays that cause wrinkles and premature aging.  

Sunglasses reduce glare.  All surfaces reflect light; surfaces like water, snow, and automobile windshields can cause extremely bright reflections that are distracting and can interfere with vision.  Reflective glare is particularly dangerous when driving, riding a motorcycle, skiing, or boating.

For years, boaters and fishermen have used polarized sunglasses to reduce reflected glare from the water surrounding them. Other outdoor enthusiasts who benefit from polarized sunglasses include skiers, golfers, bikers, and joggers who enjoy a clearer view while eliminating glare.  These sunglasses can be used for driving and, in fact, can reduce glare from a long, flat surface such as the hood of a car or the road's surface.  

If you have a vision problem that requires corrective prescription eyewear, you have several choices when it comes to sunglasses. Prescription sunglasses are available for virtually any lens prescription, including bifocal and progressive lenses.

Another sunwear option is to purchase prescription eyeglass lenses that have a photochromic tint. These lenses are often called "transition lenses".  Photochromic lenses automatically darken in sunlight, then return to a relatively clear state indoors.  They also block out harmful UV rays.

Sunglasses can also protect your eyes from wind, dust and debris. Wearing sunglasses reduces the rate of evaporation of tears and helps keep your eyes moist and comfortable.  Sunglasses also help keep contact lenses from drying out and prevent windblown particles from getting in your eyes and causing a corneal abrasion.

At Associates in Eye Care, we proudly offer a full line of prescription sunglasses for every style and every budget. Click here for the AEC location nearest you. 

 

 

 

 

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