The Importance of Sunglasses – Tips from Your Optometrist

Sunglasses are more than just fashion accessories; they are an important component to maintaining eye health. The sun contains ultraviolet rays and if you do not protect your eyes, those rays can cause irreversible damage. If you already wear prescription eyeglasses, visit your optometrist to get fitted for sunglasses as well. That way you can have clear vision while protecting your eyes.

Reasons to Wear Sunglasses

Have you ever tried to drive on a sunny day, but the glare was too much to handle? Wearing sunglasses can make your drive and outdoor activities easier. Just some of the reasons you should wear sunglasses include:


  • UV Protection - UV radiation can lead to cataracts and in some cases, photokeratitis.
  • Protection from Blue Light - Long-term exposure to violet and blue portions of the solar spectrum can increase your risk for macular degeneration, especially if your eyes are already sun-sensitive.
  • Comfort - The sun and associated glare makes it uncomfortable to be outside. Prescription sunglasses can help you see more comfortably and clearly while preventing damage to your eyes.
  • Adaptation for Darkness - When you are outside in the sun, coming back indoors or adjusting to any sort of darkness can be difficult. Sunglasses help your eyes adapt to light changes more effectively.
  • Skin Cancer - While rare, skin cancer of the eyelids can also happen. Wearing sunglasses can reduce your risk.


If you already have prescription eyeglasses, you should definitely consider wearing prescription sunglasses. These come in a variety of frame styles and even lens options - from high-index to polycarbonate to Trivex or glass. Prescription sunglasses come in just as many fashionable styles as eyeglasses and work to protect your eyes from the sun.

Keep your eyes safe this summer and schedule your eye exam for prescription sunglasses. The Optometrists’ Clinic Inc. offers a variety of frame and lens styles so that you can stay comfortable and protect your eyes from long-term damage. Contact us at one of our convenient locations to learn more or to book your optometrist visit.

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