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UV Protection

How to Choose the Best Sunglasses to Safeguard Your Vision

When you are in the market for a new pair of sunglasses, it is essential to consider more than just the latest styles in eyewear. Our eye doctors in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL, remind you that the perfect pair of sunglasses also protects your eyes from dangerous ultraviolet rays. Just like you coat your skin with sunscreen, sunglasses cover your eyes.

Eye Health Hazards of UV Rays

Regardless of whether it is a grey, cloudy day or the sun is bright and strong, UV rays threaten the health of your eyes. They can cause irreversible damage to your retina, cornea, lens, eyelid skin, and all ocular structures. Overexposure to UV light is linked with the following eye health problems:

  • Increased chance of developing age-related eye conditions, such as cataracts and macular degeneration
  • Eye and eyelid cancers
  • Ocular growths
  • Photokeratitis: painful burn on the outer eye surface

Fundamental Features for Sunglasses

When you select your new sunglasses, look for the following:

  • Lenses should block 99-100% of UVA and UVB sun rays
  • A good fit on your face. Close fitting frames that line up with your brow (wraparound are ideal) and wide lenses offer ultimate protection
  • 75-90% of visible light should be filtered out
  • Lenses must be free of imperfections or distortions, and match each other exactly in color
  • Gray lenses offer the best color vision recognition. Note that the degree of darkness and color of your sunglass lenses has no connection to their ability to block UV light.

Types of Sunglasses Lenses

We offer a range of lenses with various coatings or treatments in the sunglasses collections in our Luverne, Troy, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL, optical stores.

Prescription lenses

Sunglasses are available in both nonprescription and prescription lenses for vision correction. Bring your up-to-date vision prescription when you shop for Fulton sunglasses!

Polycarbonate lenses

Durable and shatterproof, often used in sunglasses for sports

Polarized lenses

Effective at reducing glare from water, ice or snow, yet they have no impact on UV protection. Polarized lenses may also warp your vision of smartphones, computer screens or dashboards.

Importance of UV Protection for Kids

The effects of UV light on your eyes are cumulative. That’s why kids, who typically spend greater amounts of time outdoors than adults do, need high quality sunglasses with a maximum level of UV protection. Sadly, estimates reported by the Academy of Ophthalmology states that only about a third of parents in the US purchase sunglasses with ultraviolet protection for their kids. To take care of your child’s health and promote long-lasting, healthy vision, our eye care professionals urge you to shop our children’s optical collection for sunglasses. Bring your child anytime to our eye care centers in Troy, Enterprise, Ozark, and Luverne, AL, to browse our trendy eyewear.