CAN I GET UV PROTECTION IN A CONTACT LENS?

Dr. Jim Martin 08/07/2014

broome_blog.jpgOnce you become aware of the damage Ultraviolet or UV rays can have on your skin and eyes, you understand that it is just as important to protect your eyes as it is to protect your skin. When UV rays pass through your pupils it is absorbed by the lens of your eye. This can cause future problems, such as cataracts. These rays can enter your eyes from the side, above and below. This can then cause the tissue in these areas of your eye to change.

It is recommended that 99-100% of UV rays be blocked so that your eyes are protected from damage and deterioration. There are sunglasses on the market that do offer protection from ultraviolet rays. But what if you don’t want to wear sunglasses? If you are a contact lens wearer there are some types of lenses that can offer you additional protection.

Which Contacts Offer UV Protection?

One brand that offers UV protection is ACUVUE. This brand of contact lenses alone offer protection for up to 90% of UVA rays and 99% of UVB rays. This is the highest protection available when it comes to contact lenses. By wearing these lenses with a good pair of sunglasses over them, you can be assured that your eyes are protected.

This additional protection is given by your contact lenses absorbing UV radiation; this help reduce the amount that reaches your eyes, protecting from cataracts and other changes to your eyes.

On top of their superior sun protection, these contact lenses are also extremely comfortable and can be used by those that have nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism or require bifocals for reading.

Where Can I Purchase UV Protection Contact Lenses?

If you already have a current contact prescription, visit Broome Optical in Amarillo, Texas, which offers a range of ACUVUE products. If you do not have a prescription for contact lenses, make an appointment with your eye doctor at Broome Optical. If you live outside the Texas Panhandle, speak with your local optometrist so that you can be sure your prescription is correct.

By wearing UV protection contact lenses, coupled with a good pair of sunglasses, you can greatly reduce the risk of damage to your eyes caused by UV rays. Contact Broome Optical today if you are interested in learning more about how to protect your eyes. We sell ACUVUE products as well as a variety of designer sunglasses that offer UV protection, like Oakleys and Ray-Bans, because we believe “Life Is Worth Seeing.”

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