While many people think of sunglasses as a fashion accessory, these glasses serve a greater purpose: They protect your eyes from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays. At Focused Eye Care, Dr. Joel Sollom and Dr. Jonathan Schorn offer a wide variety of prescription and nonprescription sunglasses to protect your eyes and keep you looking great. Located in Lakeville, and serving the surrounding areas of Apple Valley, Farmington and Rosemount, Minnesota, these optometrists can help you find the pair of sunglasses that’s right for you, all while protecting you from a range of sun-related eye conditions. Contact the office today to learn more.
Can the sun harm your eyes?
While the sun may feel great warming your skin, its ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage to your eyes. Electromagnetic radiation from the sun, these UV rays are invisible, and when your eyes are left unprotected, nearly 99% of the radiation is absorbed by them.
With enough exposure, UV rays can damage your eyes in numerous ways. They can sunburn your cornea, as well as harm your retina and eye tissues.
When UV exposure occurs frequently, cataracts may form. When this happens, proteins develop on your eyes, causing them to become cloudy and opaque. That impacts your vision in several ways, including how well you see at night and your ability to read and distinguish between colors.
How do sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays?
Dr. Sollom and Dr. Schorn recommend wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. These rays may contribute to macular degeneration, cataracts, and other damaging conditions that can cause vision loss. Sunglasses decrease the risk of UV damage to your eye tissues, and they also can help you see better in bright light.
While there are a variety of sunglasses available, the optometrists at Focused Eye Care provide you with sunglasses that offer 100% protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Many of these glasses also have polarized lenses, which contain a specialized filter to block intense reflected light and reduce glare.
Both prescription and nonprescription sunglasses are available.
What are the benefits of polarized sunglasses?
Polarized sunglasses contain a filter that reduces glare by blocking certain kinds of intense, reflected light. The optometrists at Focused Eye Care recommend polarized lenses for those who spend a lot of time outdoors, such as bikers, golfers, and runners, as well as those who spend a lot of time on the water fishing or boating.
If you struggle with the glare from water and puddles when you’re driving, polarized sunglasses may be able to help.
If you’re looking for sunglasses that can truly protect your eyes, contact Dr. Sollom or Dr. Schorn today. Schedule your appointment by calling the office or booking directly online.