DO CONTACTS PROTECT YOU FROM UV RAYS?
Dr. Jim Martin 12/17/2014
The Sun's Effect On The Eyes
The rays from the sun are made up of UV radiation. This is the radiation that we are all familiar with when it comes to sunburns and skin cancer. Radiation from the sun comes in three different forms:
- Photokeratits: redness, gritty feeling, excessive tearing, sensitivity to light
- Damage to the retina
- Macular Degeneration
Some contact lenses do come with UV protection. As contacts sit directly on the pupil, scientists in the field are working to find ways to combine contacts with UV protection.
Wear Sunglasses To Protect The Eyes
According to the American Optometric Association, you should look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV-A and UV-B rays. As you may be aware, there are many great styles of sunglasses on the market. Sunglasses can come in prescription form for those who would like to wear them all day, or alternate between their regular glasses. If you prefer to wear contacts, opt for sunglasses without prescription lenses.
If you are the type to spend many hours outside hiking or cycling, sunglasses with wrap around frames are best for you. These frames protect your eyes from the sun coming straight on as well as the sun coming from the side. If you prefer traditional shades, there are many styles of sunglasses from sporty to classic.
How To Choose The Right Sunglasses
When looking for sunglasses, there are a few must-have things to consider:
- Sunglasses must filter 99-100% of UV Rays
- Sunglasses must filter 75- 90% of visible light
Other than the necessary items listed above, the style of sunglasses is up to you. For sporty shades, Oakley is a top company to choose from. For those who like classic looks, opt for Ray-Ban sunglasses.
To find your perfect pair, contact our team at Broome Optical today.