How UV can damage our eyes

Summer is here! Finally, blue skies and warm weather, beaches and ice cream. All these things mean a bright shining sun and harmful UV rays. Luckily there is a solution to this problem; sunglasses! Summer is a good time for you to invest in a sturdy pair of  sunglasses. For those who wear glasses 24/7, I would recommend a pair of prescription sunglasses. 

Polarized sunglasses are something I strongly believe in, they provide excellent clarity and protection from the UV rays. The only time polarized glasses are not recommended is for pilots.   Some of the best polarized lenses on the market are Maui Jims.  Come in and see the hidden parrot with these sunglasses on!

Even though the sun brings warmth, lots of exposure to UV rays can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis, pterygia and pingeculae. Cataracts form in the lens of the eye. Macular degeneration is a disease of the retina.  Photokeratitis affects the cornea.  Pterygia and pingueculae are a growth on the conjunctiva of the eye. As you can see UV rays can damage almost all parts of the eye, therefore UV protection is very important for your eye health.  

Some contact lenses and prescription glasses lenses provide some UV protection; however, these cannot replace a pair of good quality sunglasses.

And let’s not forget the little ones have eyes that need protection as well!  We carry Rayban Kids sunglasses


Teri Hines