With summer days fast approaching, our attention now turns towards life outdoors. But with outdoor play time comes the risk of UV light exposure and the harmful effects this might place on our eyes.
UV-rays can contribute towards cataract formation, age-related macular degeneration, skin cancer and premature signs of ageing around the eyes (ie. wrinkles, freckles, and sunspots).
A few simple ways to help reduce excessive UV light exposure are to always don a hat and invest in a quality pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses help to decrease the intensity of the light, filter out harmful UV-Rays and reduce distracting glare, thus improving your overall visual function outdoors.
But before you run out and purchase a pair of sunglasses, we recommend that you book an eye exam with a Stonewire optometrist to find out whether non-prescription or prescription sunglasses are warranted, especially if you don’t wear eyeglasses currently. It will also give you a chance to discuss your lens options and discover the style of sunglasses that best suits your prescription and lifestyle.
3 Common Types of Sunglass Lenses Include:
- Photochromatic Sunglasses - These are the lenses that adjust in darkness based on their exposure to UV rays, with the most common brand being Transitions. The benefit of photochromatic lenses is that you’re always wearing sun protection, you don’t have to remember to switch between your clear glasses and your sunglasses, the UV protection is always there. Photochromatic sunglasses are a great option for people who work outdoors or who are frequently going in and out all day long, and are popular amongst patients who have undergone cataract surgery.
- Tinted Sunglasses - These are the most classic type of sunglasses and they work by simply reducing the brightness of everything around you. They are a great option for athletes in fast dynamic sports like mountain biking & running. They're available in a wide array of colours, styles and quality levels.
- Polarized Sunglasses - These are an upgrade from the classic tinted sunglasses. They reduce the brightness of everything, but also cut out distracting glare from flat surfaces (ie. roads, water, snow, & ice). Polarized sunglasses are a great option for people who drive a lot or spend time around water and snow.
- Mirrored Sunglasses - The mirrored finish is an additional layer of protection that can be added to either tinted or polarized sunglasses. The mirrored finish helps to reduce the amount of light that is allowed to pass through the lens, and is an excellent option in extremely bright environments. Mirrored applications are often seen in ski goggles, and sport brand sunglasses like Oakley.
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