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Things to Consider When Buying Sunglasses

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Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause corneal sunburns and other eye problems. This is why Park Slope Eye emphasizes the importance of wearing sunglasses.

As we observe UV Awareness Month this May, your family eye care specialists share important things to consider when looking for quality sunglasses.

UV Protection

UV radiation emitted by the sun comes in two forms: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are often linked to macular and retinal damage that may cause central vision changes, while UVB rays can cause sunburn.

When buying sunglasses, one of the first things you should consider is their ability to provide UV protection. Your eye doctor suggests looking for a sticker or label on the glasses that states they provide UV400 or 100% UV Protection. This means the sunglasses can block up to 400 nanometers of both UVA and UVB rays for your optimum visual safety.

Lens Size

Oversized sunglasses are not only fashionable, but they also provide more protection from the sun’s UV radiation. Bigger lenses give you more coverage, reducing your risk of developing UV-related vision problems.

Lens Darkness

It is a myth that the darker your sunglasses are, the better protection they provide. The color of the lenses doesn’t matter; all you need to do is check for the 100% UV protection sticker. If there’s isn’t one, your eye care specialist can help evaluate the sunglasses for you.

Apart from wearing quality sunglasses, applying sunscreen and wearing wide-brimmed hats can also provide added protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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