Most people are aware that it is important to protect your eyes from the sun. Especially since, growing up there was a good chance we’re told not to look at the sun. And there is a high likelihood that you own a pair or two of sunglasses and that you wear them frequently, but the decision to wear them during the summer months is vital.

How you protect your eyes throughout your life helps to determine how healthy your eyes will be as you age. So, it is especially important to start early with children protecting their eyes.

Warm weather lends itself to us being outside more than in the cooler months, which means there’s more exposure to sunlight. The harmful UV rays of the sun can burn your eyes and could lead to cataracts, which is the clouding of the eye.

The best tips to combat the suns rays are hats and sunglasses designed to block UV rays. If able, polarized lenses are an even better option.

If you have questions about protecting your eyes or your children’s eyes, contact our team. We’re here for you!


We know that eating the right foods and having routine eye exams are steps to maintain eye health, but one of the lesser thought of tactics is protective eye wear. We want to make sure that you know what to look for when purchasing sunglasses and protective eye wear, so we’ve offered some tips below:

  1. Wear protective eye wear any time that your eyes are exposed to UV light. This can include cloudy days and winter months.
  2. Look for quality sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation and screen out 75-90 percent of visible light.
  3. Make sure your sunglass lenses are perfectly matched in color and free of distortions and imperfections.
  4. Gray colored lenses are best. They reduce light intensity without altering the color of objects.
  5. Children and teens need sunglasses too. They typically spend more time in the sun than adults do.

For more tips on protecting your eyes in the sun, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.


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