Chronic exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) contributes to ocular damage and harmful cancer. This is why it is essential to protect the eyes from this damaging light, especially during the summer months in Rogers and St. Michael. Luckily it is easy to protect your eyes from these harmful rays. Quality sunglasses, with or without prescription lenses, are used for effective UV protection.
Our team at EyeWest Vision Clinic knows how vital eye health is and why it is critical to protect against UV damage. Our eye doctors can assess optical damage from excessive UV light during your visit. We also offer various options of sunglasses that we can fit with your prescription.
Protecting Against UV Damage
It doesn't matter whether you spend a short amount of time in the sun or very little. UV exposure can lead to both short-term and long-term damage. A short period of intense sunlight can cause photokeratitis, which is characterized by red itchy eyes, excessive tearing, and a sensation of having grit in the eyes. Spending long periods of time either working or sunbathing can result in eye cancer, cataracts, or macular degeneration later in life. Limiting exposure to UV is an effective way to keep your eyes in good health. If you are in the sun for long periods, it is essential to use protective items like hats and sunglasses.
How Sunglasses Can Help
When you are exposed to UV light for long periods, it can be damaging. This is why it is crucial to protect your eyes to avoid developing debilitating conditions. There are ways to protect the eyes from UV damage that are affordable and effective. One of the most common ways is to visit our optometrists for a prescription of high-quality sunglasses that work best for you. This is a convenient and effective way to help guard your eyes against UV damage.
Schedule Your Annual Eye Exam
Our doctors are happy to answer any questions on how to protect against UV damage. Please call or schedule your comprehensive eye exam online through our patient portal on our homepage. Our optical team is ready with a large selection of sunglasses by Maui Jim, Costa and a variety of name brand designers. They are trained to ask important questions to help determine the best lenses and frame style for you. We look forward to seeing you!