Did you get sunglasses with a UV sticker on them? Check this out! Many people do have sunglasses which we call pickup sunglasses. They are usually are found in places like convenience stores, pharmacies and department stores. People get them because they are convenient and they think they look good. The UV stickers say UVA and UVB protection so why not get an inexpensive pair? To the unknowing consumer, anyone would think that they were good sunglasses. You don’t have to spend alot of money on good sunglasses.
What people don’t know is that even clear plastic lenses in glasses have UVA and UVB protection without a tint. In our office, many patients when told of the need for UV protection in their sunglasses, may say “I have a dozen sunglasses with that UV sticker on them.” These actually may do more harm than good. In fact if you add a tint to a clear lens without full UV protection it is more harmful to your vision. Why? Your pupil is fooled and gets larger in a darkened environment and lets more UV light into your eyes. Larger pupils allow more light into your eyes than smaller pupils. This may be worse in terms of eye health protection than if you didn’t wear any sunglasses at all.
This astounds people. Since the Spring and Summer seasons are upon us. It is important to know what is safe for driving and protecting your eyes while outside so you don’t outlive your vision. Even beyond the sunny months, harm caused by ultraviolet rays, including long-term problems, such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and even cancer. The American Optometric Association (AOA) provides guidelines recommending the use of sunglasses, wearing a hat, and using sunscreen on the skin around the eyes.
Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee with both Dr. Warren Johnson and Dr. Do Nguyen want our followers to understand Ultraviolet light better and it’s repercussions on both your vision and skin. Below are some recent studies that confirm what we tell our patients and why we always recommend total UV protection for your eyes.
The Vision Council has issued its “2016 Vision Report.” which reveals that “three-quarters of Americans are worried about eye damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, but only 31 percent actually take action to somehow protect their eyes” by wearing sunglasses. The report’s authors concluded, “Americans’ lax approach to sunglass use reveals that they are likely underestimating the danger of UV.”
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