What to Look for in Sunglasses

Sunglasses are stylish, and for many, they conjure images of fun summer activities: spending time on the water, having picnics, and being outside with friends. The truth is that sunglasses may be an important part of your summer look, but they’re also protection for your eyes — if you choose the right ones. 

At Eyecare Center of Snohomish, Dr. Anup Deol administers comprehensive eye exams, so you know if you need prescription lenses in your sunglasses. We also can help you choose glasses with the frames and tint that work best for your lifestyle, face shape, and overall needs. 

Protecting your eyes

The most important function of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light. UV rays can cause both short- and long-term damage to your eyes. 

In the short term, exposure to intense UV light can cause photokeratitis, a form of temporary blindness. A few hours out on a boat in the bright sunlight may sound like a fun summer activity, but not if it causes vision problems.

Longer-term issues from UV exposure include a higher risk of developing cataracts and a greater risk of several different types of eye-related cancers. 

Simply wearing the proper sunglasses can allow you to enjoy the outdoors and protect your eyes at the same time. Here’s what to look for in a good pair of sunglasses. 

Go big

More coverage equals more protection. Wraparound glasses protect your eyes even from rays coming in from the sides, and oversized glasses give your eyes more protection. At the same time, you want a comfortable fit. We can help you find the right balance. 

Get 100% UV protection

Wearing sunglasses that don’t protect you from UV rays leaves you vulnerable to the same conditions that not wearing sunglasses at all can cause. Check the label. Does it say that the lenses block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays? If not, don’t buy them.

Cut the glare 

Getting lenses that are also polarized helps cut down the glare that can be problematic in bright sunlight. Driving and spending time near or on the water or near other reflective surfaces are easier and more comfortable with polarized lenses. 

Questions about color?

Darker lenses don’t protect better. Lenses are available in a veritable rainbow of colors, and the one that works best for you is largely a matter of preference. If you’re not sure how to choose, our team can help.

Just as you wouldn’t brave the summer sun without protection for your skin, don’t risk damaging your vision, either. Choose sunglasses that you like wearing, but also make sure they provide the protection your eyes need from harsh UV rays. 

Book an appointment at Eyecare Center of Snohomish for an eye exam, or to discuss what you need in a pair of sunglasses that provide an adequate defense against the summer sun. You can schedule using our convenient online booking tool, or you’re welcome to call us at 360-568-6666, Monday through Thursday, between 9am and 6pm.

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