Although we often throw on a pair of sunglasses when the sun is shining, we are not always aware that ultraviolet (UV) rays are just as impactful to our eye health on cloudier days. Because we are often not fully protected on those days, 40% of UV exposure occurs in indirect sunlight.
27% of adults rarely or never wear sunglasses [and] 36% don’t know that eyes can be sunburned – The Vision Council
TIPS TO KEEP YOUR EYES PROTECTED FROM UV
1 | SHIELD YOUR EYES FROM UVA & UBV
There are three kinds of Ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB and UVC. Fortunately, UVC rays can not penetrate the ozone layer so we only need to shield our eyes from UVA and UVB. These types of radiation are responsible for eye and skin damage can lead to cancer and cataract formation. All sunglasses, including prescription sunglasses tinting, should include UV protection. It is also recommended that you add a UV protective coating to clear lenses.
2 | CHECK THE FRAME HEIGHT
Look for a frame height of at least 30 mm. This height will ensure the protection of your eyes and the delicate skin surrounding them.
3 | REMEMBER THE COATINGS
You can provide additional protection, and also extend the life of your lenses, with anti-scratch and anti-reflective coatings. These coatings will reduce glare from the sun, and can prevent UV penetration through scratches in your lenses.
4 | DON’T FORGET THE KIDS
Exposure to the sun, and UV radiation, can impact children more so than adults due to longer periods playing outdoors without proper sun protection. When making a sunglasses purchase for children make sure that the lenses include both UVA and UVB protection. You can add a sunglasses tint to any pair of glasses with or without a prescription. If you are unsure that your child will remember to switch their glasses to sunglasses, Transitions® lenses provide complete protection as they automatically adjust from clear to sunglasses lenses when activated through UV light.
5 | FIND THE BEST SUNGLASSES PROTECTION FOR YOU
Do you wear contact lenses and want designer sunglasses for additional protection? Are you looking for prescription sunglasses from the brands you love? Find the style you’re looking for with 100% UV protection with or without a prescription from our designer sunglasses collection. You can also transform any pair of glasses frames into sunglasses with sunglasses tinting or Transitions® lenses by following our step-by-step ordering process.
HOW DO I GET UV PROTECTION WITH CONTACT LENSES?
Claudia Rojas, Refracting Optician, provided us with her advice for ensuring your eyes are protected from UV rays:
“It is important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays when wearing contacts. It is recommended to wear a quality pair of sunglasses that provide good coverage to the skin around the eyes. There are also contact lenses with UV protection – ask your licensed Eye Care Professional if there is a brand that would work best for you.
It is ideal to wear both a UV protective contact lens and sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from harmful UV rays.”