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Fun in the Sun, Remember to Protect your Eyes

This summer has record-breaking heat and clear skies. Many of us are ready to enjoy the beach or maybe a picnic at the park. We create memories with family and friends during the summer that last a lifetime. As we are having fun in the sun, don't forget to protect your eyes from UV Rays. Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement. It is protection for your eyes.

According to the American Association of Optometry, these are some helpful tips when choosing sunglasses:

  • Lens should have 100% UV protection.

  • Frames should be contoured, comfortable to wear and fit close to the face and head—not too large and not too small.

  • Alternately, if the front of sunglass frames is flat and not contoured, the temple arms should be wide enough to help prevent harmful UV rays from getting to the eyes through the sides of sunglasses.

  • Density of tint should be dark enough to allow the wearer to see comfortably in given lighting conditions.

  • Further, tint color should not interfere with color vision, especially if wearers will use the sunglasses when driving or participating in other activities for which proper color perception is important.

  • Tint should be polarized to help reduce glare from horizontal surfaces when driving, cycling and during water activities (fishing, boating, etc.).

  • Most importantly, be a discerning buyer. Purchase sunglasses from reputable vendors—premium-brand sunglasses at "bargain prices" may be counterfeit and may not provide the required UV protection. But legitimate low-priced sunglasses can provide the same UV protection as higher-priced models

Short-term sun damage can lead to keratitis, which is uncomfortable and painful. This damage can subside with proper treatment. Long-term sun damage can lead to cataract formation and age-related macular degeneration.

Crescent City Optical has many lens options that will help protect your eyes from the dangerous UV Rays. Call or stop by today for your sunglasses needs.

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