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Everybody knows why it makes sense to go to their Optometrist for a pair of prescription sunglasses, but it is amazing how so few of us would seriously consider eye doctors to be the “go-to” people when purchasing non-prescription sunglasses for the family. But think about this…your eye doctor is a lens and vision expert who is always watching out for you when it comes to preserving that precious gift of sight!

If you compare that knowledge base with your everyday retail associate, where most of us go to grab an inexpensive pair of “shades,” keep this in mind — how much do you really know about what to watch out for while “spending as little as possible?”

For example, some bargain sunglasses can actually increase the amount of Ultra Violet (UV) damage to you and your children’s eyes. If a lens does not have the adequate amount of UV protection, it can greatly increase the chances of serious eye diseases, such as cataracts and glaucoma. It can also increase the risk of skin damage, such as wrinkles, under eye bags and “crow’s feet.”

Because UV and Blue Light protection is so important, The Vision Council’s 16 page May 2015 survey report validates that it is a health necessity to know what you are getting when you are buying sunglasses. The most recent research now indicates that Blue Light from the sun and from other sources is directly related to increased risk of age related macular degeneration.

Your eye doctor is professionally qualified to prescribe the most reliable ways to protect your eyes and eye lids from sun damage. All sunglasses sold, prescription and non-prescription, are guaranteed to block the required percentages of UVA and UVB radiation. And remember to ask them to show you the sun wear that have the best Blue Light protection available, not all sun wear protects against the Blue Light spectrum emitted from the sun.

Lens color makes a difference too, so make sure to ask your eye doctor and optical stylists to explain the affects that grey, bronze, rose or green lenses can have when performing the variety of activities that you want to enjoy while wearing your sunglasses!

While looking for that perfect pair of sunglasses, include comfort and fit!

Without proper guidance, shoppers can pick styles that aren’t right for them and they easily slide off or are too tight and cause headaches. At an eye care office, you will be sure to find the perfect fit for whatever activity you may have planned.

So next time you are shopping for new sunglasses, make sure you keep in mind all the long term consequences if you decide to “spend as little as possible.”