Most people are aware of the importance of protecting your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays on sunny days, but fewer consider the impact of UV rays when it’s cloudy or overcast. In fact, 40% of UV exposure occurs when people are not in direct sunlight. Without proper protection, UV poses a year round threat to your eye health, no matter the weather conditions.
27% of adults rarely or never wear sunglasses [and] 36% don’t know that eyes can be sunburned – The Vision Council
TIPS TO ENSURE COMPLETE UV PROTECTION
1 | PROTECT FROM UVA & UVB RAYS
Ultraviolet rays are separated into three types: UVA, UVB and UVC. Since UVC rays are completely absorbed by the ozone layer you only need to worry about protecting your eyes from UVA and UVB. Both of these forms of radiation are responsible for skin and eye damage that can lead to cataract formation and cancer. You can add UV protection to clear lenses, and all sunglasses lenses should include this protective coating.
2 | CHECK THE FRAME HEIGHT
Lens height is important to ensure that your eyes, eyelids, and the surrounding delicate skin around them, are completely protected. A lens height of at least 30mm works best for sunglasses.
3 | REMEMBER THE COATINGS
Anti-scratch and anti-reflective coatings, in addition to UV protective coating, will extend the life of your sunglasses and provide vital protection from the sun’s glare and UV penetration through your lenses.
4 | DON’T FORGET THE KIDS
Children are often exposed more frequently to UV radiation due to extended outdoor play, but often miss out on vital protection for their eyes. Purchase sunglasses for kids with UVA and UVB protection, or add a sunglasses tint with or without a corrective prescription. To avoid your child having to switch between glasses and sunglasses you may want to consider Transitions® lenses that are UV protected with tinting. Transitions® lenses automatically adjust from indoors to outdoors.
5 | FIND THE BEST SUNGLASSES PROTECTION FOR YOU
Are you a contact lens wearer looking for a pair of designer sunglasses without prescription? Or an avid glasses wearer wanting to boost your UV protection with prescription sunglasses? Shop our designer sunglasses and prescription sunglasses categories. Another option is Transitions® lenses if you prefer not to switch from glasses to sunglasses when moving inside to outside.
Adding prescription sunglasses tinting or Transitions® lenses to any of our frames is easy. Simply follow our step by step ordering process for all of the available options.
WHAT ABOUT UV PROTECTION FOR CONTACT LENSES?
We asked Refracting Optician, Claudia Rojas, for her advice on how to make sure your eyes are protected from Ultraviolet light:
“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.”