The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause both short- and long-term damage to your eyes, especially during the summer. One of the most effective ways to protect your eyes is to wear sunglasses. Read on as your eye doctor from Alderwood Optical and Canyon Park Vision Clinic discusses key factors to consider when investing in new sunglasses.
The first thing you should look for when purchasing sunglasses is the “100% UV Protection” label. This may also come in the form of a “UV 400” tag or sticker. Sunglasses with this label are engineered to filter up to 400 nanometers of both UVA and UVB rays, making them a safe choice.
Your eye doctor recommends selecting eyeglasses that have wrap-around frames. These help reduce the amount of UV rays that enter your eyes through the side.
Lens Tint and Color
Many believe that the darker the lenses, the better UV protection the sunglasses provide. This is actually not the case; your eye doctor explains that the darkness of the lens has nothing to do with the lens’s UV resistance. Only the “100% UV Protection” label can tell you whether a pair of sunglasses offers adequate protection.
Lifestyle and Personality
Sunglasses come in different materials and styles. Some are good for playing sports, while others are designed for everyday use. We can help you find a pair that best matches your lifestyle, design preferences and needs.
Call us today at (425) 771-8472 for Alderwood Optical or (425) 485-0430 for Canyon Park Vision Clinic to learn more about things to consider when investing in sunglasses or to discuss other eye care concerns. You may also complete our form to schedule an appointment and see our selections. We serve Redmond, Kirkland and nearby WA areas.