How to Find the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses

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Summer is supposed to be a time for fun in the sun, so don’t let your sunglasses hold your back. Most people are naturally concerned with their skin during the summer months, but your eyes are equally as important. There are many preventative measures you can take to keep your eyes healthy, but the most protection you can get for your eyes are sunglasses. Here’s your guide to the perfect pair of sunglasses.

Polarization

When looking for a pair of sunglasses, be sure to check if the pair you are looking at is polarized. Polarized sunglasses have an extra layer of protection that blocks glare and reflections that non-polarized sunglasses don’t. Polarization helps reduce damage to your eyes by minimizing the amount of UV light that gets to your eyes from reflections and glares. Polarized sunglasses are a must if you are considering a day at the pool, lake, or even in the mountains.

Fit

Your summer sunglasses aren’t only a health factor; they are also a fashion statement. Your sunglasses should sit comfortably on your face. The width of the frame of the sunglasses should match the width of your face. For normal-sized sunglasses, someone looking eye to eye at you should be able to see your eyebrows. Additionally, the sunglasses should rest comfortably behind your ears. Make sure to try them on before you purchase them because there is nothing worse than uncomfortable sunglasses.

Quality

There are many different brands of sunglasses out there, so it is important to find a pair that is high quality and will last a long time. Most quality sunglasses will be polarized, so be sure to check any markings on the sunglasses. Additionally, most lenses are either glass or plastic. While plastic options are typically more affordable, glass lenses will usually last longer and be more resistant to the elements while giving clearer vision.

Transitions

If you’re fed up with contact lenses or switching two sets of glasses every time you walk outside, then transition lenses may be a vision solution for you. These would be your regular glasses but would transition into sunglasses in bright direct sunlight.

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Protecting Your Eyes This Allergy Season

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Fall is upon us, which mean leaves will be falling and our environment will be transforming. Allergies will be blooming and the temperatures will be dropping. It is important to follow these next four steps to prevent eye irritation in the near future.

Step 1: Maintain a Consistent Healthy Diet

If you begin to include nutrients in your daily diet such as omega-3, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E, this can slow down developing aging vision issues. If you avoid these nutrients, you could slowly develop long-term vision problems, like macular degeneration. By applying a healthier lifestyle to your eating habits, you are also less likely to develop diabetes. Diabetes is a leading cause of later blindness in adults. Smoking can also make you susceptible to getting the previous diseases and you are more likely to develop nerve damage as well.

Step 2: Have Great Hygiene

We all know that as the seasons progress and our allergies flare-up it can have major effects on our eyes. For this reason, it is important to wash your hands throughout the day. Our eyes not only get irritated from airborne irritants like pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander, but our hands and clothing come in contact with even more dangers. If you rub your hands on your clothes, sneeze, and then rub your eyes, that allows more bacteria and germs to enter your body at a faster rate. Make sure you are keeping your environment as clean as you can and washing your hands thoroughly throughout the day.

Step 3: Protect Your Eyes

Wearing sunglasses, even when it is cloudy, will be a primary eye saver. UV Rays can penetrate through cloudy skies and can be as much exposure as on a bright day. Wearing your sunglasses will also prevent you from coming in contact with any unwanted airborne particles that are all around our environment. You can look stylish and feel good, too! Another way to keep your eyes hydrated during the fall and winter months is to use eye drops frequently. They will help keep your eyes feeling clean and lubricated. However, not all eye drops are created equal. If you wear contacts, it’s important to know which ones are safe for your lenses. Most over-the-counter eye drops are divided into three categories: drops for dry eyes, drops for eye redness, and drops for contact lens re-wetting. Doctors recommend Blink Tears lubricating eye drops if you don’t wear contacts and Blink Contacts for our contact lens patients.

Step 4: Don’t Look at a Screen for too Long

If you tend to work long hours or binge watch Netflix, make sure you are not staring directly at the screen for too long. You are more susceptible to strain your eyes, develop blurry vision, and it is a leading cause of headaches. If you position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor, you can then look down to avoid most of the glare for too long. Make sure to give your eyes rest and look away from the screen for 30 seconds every 20 minutes.

Our Therapeutic Optometrists will provide you with the best eye care services in West Texas. Drs. Gibson, Gibson, and Moore will perform a series of vision tests and evaluate your eye health for any circumstances that come up during the unpredictable seasons of West Texas. You deserve to feel comfortable in your eyes and should consider all of these steps to protect them!