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Trusting UV Stickers on “Bargain Sunglasses” is Like Trusting Home Security to Your Family Pet!

Do you trust your family’s sunglasses? It’s wise to be cautious when buying a bargain pair because what you see isn’t always what you get.

All sunglasses are NOT created equal. For example, some lenses can actually increase the UV damage to your family’s eyes.

Wearing lenses that don’t have enough UV protection can greatly increase risk of serious eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration later in life. It can also lead to skin wrinkles, under eye bags, “crow’s feet,” and skin cancer.

Asking your eye doctor about sun-related eye damage is the best way to keep your family from wearing the wrong kind of sunglasses! For prescription and non-prescription (plano) sunglasses, your eye doctor is a lens and vision expert who is always watching out for your family when it comes to preserving their precious gift of sight!

Typical retail associates, who sell bargain sunglasses at gas stations, road-side stands, drug/grocery stores, and big box department stores aren’t educated to discuss lens protection qualities. Bargain sunglasses are mass produced then shipped from who knows where — that’s why the price is so low!

Wearing sunglasses, that you can trust to protect your family, is important. The Vision Council’s 16 page May 2015 survey report validates that "it’s a health necessity to know what you are getting when 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 and cataracts.

Your eye doctor is an optical expert with the knowledge to discuss lens materials, colors, and protective treatments. You can trust your eye doctor to prescribe the most reliable ways to protect your family’s eyes and eye lids from sun damage.

Each pair of sunglasses sold by your eye doctor is guaranteed to block required percentages of UVA and UVB radiation. They may also offer brands which have the best Blue Light protection available. Not all UV rated sunglasses protect against the Blue Light spectrum (HEV) that the sun emits.

Lens color can make a difference! Grey, bronze, rose or green lenses can impact performance depending on the particular activities you wish to enjoy while wearing your sunglasses. And polarized isn’t always better!

And let’s not forget about comfort and fit! Without proper guidance, your family might pick styles that slide off too easily, or are too tight and cause headaches.

In my practice, we believe that being able to trust your family’s sunglasses is a big deal!