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Wearing Sunglasses for Optimal Eye Protection

Wearing Sunglasses for Optimal Eye Protection

We all know our skin needs protection from the damaging UV-A and UV-B radiation from the sun. But did you know that our eyes need protection, too? College station eye doctor, Dr. Sherri Brice, wants every local Texan to understand that wearing broad-spectrum UV-filtering sunglasses isn't just a fashion statement—it actually can protect your eyes from long-term damage!

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Why You Should Wear Sunglasses—Even on Cloudy Days

Ultraviolet radiation (specifically, UVA and UVB waves) from the sun can damage the light-sensitive tissues in your eyes. Over time, this can impair your vision and even increase your risk of specific eye health conditions including age-related macular degeneration, pterygium (surfer's eye), cataracts, and glaucoma. 

It's important to realize that UV radiation can get through cloud cover. So even on overcast days, you should still get in the habit of wearing polarized sunglasses that offer broad-spectrum UV protection.

Will Any Pair of Sunglasses Do? 

Ideally, the sunglasses you wear should offer broad-spectrum protection against UV rays. Regular "non-polarized" sunglasses don't prevent UV radiation from reaching your eyes.

Fortunately, at the Crystal Vision Center, our optical shop is home to a wide selection of sunglasses that offer full protection from harmful sun rays. You can even opt to get prescription sunglasses made custom for you!

No matter what your personal style or vision correcting needs, our team would love to be able to help you get the perfect pair of sunglasses that fits your face and call.

Protect Your Eyes At Crystal Vision Center

Our College Station optometrist team at Crystal Vision Center wants to help you see a brighter, clearer future. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam or to peruse our impressive selection of  sunglasses and other optical devices, call us today at 979-764-0669. Ask us about our new client special—it's our thank you to you!

Resources:

http://visionsource.com/blog/the-science-of-sunglasses/

https://nei.nih.gov/hvm/healthy_eyes_glasses

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