Summer is in full swing, and many of us are spending more time outside. We know we should wear sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun’s UV rays, but it’s also important to protect our eyes. Don’t forget to wear quality sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun!

Why We Need UV Protection

We all know that we can get nasty sunburns if we stay outside too long without sunscreen, but did you know that our eyes can be damaged in similar ways by too much sunlight?

UV-A rays reach all the way to the retina, the light-sensitive layer in the back of the eye and can lead to macular degeneration (loss of central vision), while UV-B rays affect the cornea and lens, which can cause corneal sunburns and increase the risk of developing cataracts.

Get the Right Pair of Sunglasses

When you buy sunglasses, make sure the label says they block at least 99 percent of UV rays.

The next thing to look for is the size. Although most sunglasses are chosen for their style, opting for a style that has wider frames will allow more coverage and protection. Choosing frames that sit closer to the eyes ensures they are protected from the sun.

Another variable to consider apart from style is the color of the lenses because different colors provide different benefits. Yellow and amber lenses filter out blue light, which makes them great for sports, while rose and purple lenses increase contrast against blue and green backgrounds, which makes them great for hunting and water skiing. Whatever color you choose, though, polarized lenses will give you the best glare reduction.

Benefits of Prescription Sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses offer several benefits.

Unlike wearing non-prescription sunglasses with contact lenses, prescription sunglasses provide you with clear, crisp vision outside because they are customized for your visual needs. Prescription sunglasses with polarized lenses also neutralize glare, making you more comfortable.

If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses every day to see your best, prescription sunglasses will provide you with visual comfort and clarity while driving and spending time outside.

Kids Need Sunglasses, Too

Babies and kids also need to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun. The lenses in their eyes allow more UV radiation to pass through than those of adults, and damage sustained to their eyes during childhood can put them at increased risk of developing serious eye conditions and diseases later in life. Don’t forget to protect their eyes from the sun!

Come Try On Our Shades

If you’re still not sure which sunglasses are right for you, don’t stress. We carry top sunglass brands in our Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA offices.  Come see us and we can help you pick out the perfect ones to suit your style and protect your eyes. We can fit them to you as well and make sure you’ll get the most UV protection possible!