There’s no time like summertime to invest in a good pair of shades to brave the dog days of summer. Whether you’re staying in the city or planning a much-needed break from the concrete jungle, buying a good pair of quality sunglasses is an important investment for your eye health during this sunny season. In this post, Dr. Belmont has some tips on what to look for while you shop.
Protection from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays is crucial for the prevention of retinal damage and photokeratitis, or sunburn of the cornea. These and other eye conditions that may result from sun damage not only are painful, but can also have a long-term, negative effect on your vision. To keep your eyes protected, look for sunglasses that have at least 99 percent UVA and UVB protection. (The label or sticker on the sunglasses may also refer to “UV 400 protection,” which is equivalent to blocking 99.9 percent of both UVA and UVB rays.)
While you’re trying on sunglasses to find just the right look, don’t forget that their size and shape are also important. Oversized glasses are a good choice for protecting not only the eyeballs, but also the entire eye area — especially the thin, sensitive skin on the eyelids, which is more susceptible to skin cancer. And a pair of wraparound glasses will block out light from all angles, preventing it from entering through the side or back.
Though the tint on sunglasses has no bearing on how well they block out sun rays, it does help with glare and visibility in different conditions. For example, yellow-tinted sunglasses make objects appear sharper on overcast days and in snow conditions. On clear days, an amber or brown tint will reduce glare from the sun and improve visual clarity when looking up at the clear, blue sky, while also brightening the vision during cloudy days. And the soothing effect that rose- or red-tinted glasses have on the eyes make them ideal for long-term wear.
Anyone who’s done the awkward juggle of glasses and sunglasses can attest to the fact that it’s a pain; either you feel self-conscious while wearing your sunglasses over your glasses, or you forgo either clear sight or eye glare by wearing just one pair. If you’re tired of the struggle, why not consider LASIK surgery? Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Belmont at Belmont Eye Center when you call (212) 486-2020.