If you need corrective lenses, one of the most important decisions that you can make is how you will protect your eyes from UV rays. Consulting with an optometrist about your options can help you to find sunglasses that will keep your eyes healthier. At Christensen Eye Care in Dodge City, KS, we can help you with getting sunglasses that will work with your prescription lenses.
Why Sunglasses Help Your Eyes
Wearing sunglasses does more than make you look good. In fact, these lenses could reduce your risk for developing cataracts, snow blindness, or macular degeneration.
More immediate effects of wearing sunglasses include improved night and indoor vision. When you stay in the sun for hours without eye protection, it may take several hours before you can see clearly again in low-light situations. Wearing sunglasses makes it easier to go inside from a sunny day with less impact on your vision.
Lastly, you will feel more comfortable and see better on bright days because you will not have to squint. If you wear corrective lenses, prescription sunglasses also will help to sharpen your vision in sunlight.
What to Look for in Quality Sunglasses
The American Optometric Association recommends several factors of acceptable sunglasses that will offer the best protection against the sun's damaging rays. These include the following:
- Filters at least 75% of visible light up to 90%
- Stops at least 99% UVA and UVB rays
- Have matching lenses
- Use lenses to prevent color distortion
Features to Consider for Your Lifestyle
While good lenses in your sunglasses for eye health should be the first things that you look for, you still have several options based on your lifestyle. Think about what you do while wearing sunglasses to find a pair that will provide you with the best eye protection.
For instance, if you like skiing or watersports, you may want double-gradient lenses that have darker areas at the top and bottom to reduce glare from the water or snow. For driving, single-gradient lenses that only darken at the top offer better glare protection when driving. Polarized lenses may be another option for glare protection if you do not want the gradient coloring on the sunglasses.
Consider impact-resistant lenses if you engage in sports or other activities where your lenses be at risk for breakage.
For those who have prescription eyeglasses, photochromatic lenses that change color based on the lighting. When you walk outside, the lenses darken more the brighter the light is. Upon returning inside, the lenses lighten again to clear eyeglasses.
As with all eye care decisions, talk to Dr. Christensen about your lifestyle and what features he would recommend to best protect your eyes.
Schedule a Visit with Christensen Eye Care
Even adults who do not need prescription lenses should still make regular appointments to an optometrist. These visits let the eye doctor monitor your eye health to see if your eyes have sustained damage from blue light or UV rays or other conditions that may develop with age. While at your visit, you can talk to Dr. Christensen about the best sunglasses for your eyes and whether you need corrective lenses in those sunglasses. Phone our eye clinic in Dodge City, KS, at (620) 227-5433 to set up your visit with Dr. Christensen. Your eyes deserve the best, and you can find it at Christensen Eye Care.