We’re diving into the world of sunglasses and sun safety. We often get questions about the right sunglasses, why they’re essential, and how to choose the best pair. So, we compiled some of the most common questions into a helpful FAQ!
1. Why are sunglasses important?
Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory. They protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Overexposure to UV rays can lead to various eye health issues, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium. A good pair of sunglasses can reduce glare and enhance your comfort and clarity of vision on sunny days.
2. What should I look for in sunglasses for maximum protection?
Look for sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. This information is usually labeled on the sunglasses. Additionally, consider the fit and style. Wrap-around styles offer more protection by limiting light entering from the sides. Large frames can protect the delicate skin around your eyes, often susceptible to skin cancer.
3. Are polarized lenses the best for sun protection?
Polarized lenses are fantastic for reducing glare, especially around water and flat surfaces, enhancing visual comfort during outdoor activities. However, polarization has nothing to do with UV protection. You can have polarized lenses that offer no UV protection and vice versa. Always check the UV protection level when choosing sunglasses.
4. What’s the difference between different lens colors?
Different lens colors can serve other purposes. Gray lenses reduce brightness but do not alter color, making them great for driving. Green lenses can enhance contrast while keeping color balance. Brown or amber lenses can enhance depth perception, making them a good choice for sports like golf. The choice depends on the activity you’ll be using them for.
5. Do kids need sunglasses?
Absolutely! Children’s eyes are more susceptible to UV radiation as the lens inside the eye is less capable of filtering these harmful rays. Ensure your little ones have appropriate sun protection with kid-friendly sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Remember, your eyes need protection from the sun all year round, not just during the summer. If you have more questions or need personalized advice on choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses, we at Eyes of Lubbock are here to help. Give us a call or come by the office to schedule an appointment.