Protect Your Eyes with Polarized or Anti-Reflective Lenses
With winter officially over, it’s time to turn our attention to sunny days on the lake, at the park, in the backyard or at the ball game. With so much going on, it can be easy to forget important health issues, including protecting your eyes against the negative impact of UV rays.
Much like your skin, your eyes should be protected against the harm caused by UV rays. Fortunately, this can be accomplished in an easy, and often fashionable way; wearing sunglasses with polarized or anti-reflective lenses can reduce the damage UV rays can have on your eyes.
What are the risks of UV exposure?
According to a study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), long-term exposure to UV radiation can lead to cataracts, skin cancer and other vision disorders. Short term exposure to UV rays can actually burn the front surface of the eye much like the sun can burn your skin.
Long term, excessive exposure to UV rays can increase your chances of developing serious eye disorders, including:
• Snow blindness
• Skin cancer around the eye
Combat the Effects of UV Rays
One of the best ways to protect your eyes against UV rays is to wear protective sunglasses whenever possible. The greatest amount of protection is gained by lenses that block 90-100 percent of UV rays. Polarized and anti-reflective lenses often fall into this category, making them a great choice for summer eyewear. We offer a wide range of prescription sunglasses and UV blocking contact lenses, and make every effort to help you choose the best protection for your eyes.
Whether prescription or off the shelf, sunglasses make a great gift for birthdays, Mothers’ and Fathers’ day and even graduation. Consider giving a gift that your loved ones will enjoy, and benefit from!
To schedule a consultation for prescription sunglasses, call Upton Eye Care at 763-271-2020 or use our Contact Us form.