Sunglasses

Sunglasses are Fashionable and Functional

While sunlight is a beautiful thing, too much of anything can be harmful. In addition to making a unique fashion statement, sunglasses are also functional and can prevent sun damage to the eyes to improve and protect vision.

From sunburn to skin cancer, almost everyone is aware of the damage ultraviolet (UV) radiation can inflict on their skin. However, very few understand the dangers of UV exposure to their eyesight. In fact, while more than eight out of 10 Americans know that extended UV exposure can cause skin cancer, fewer than one out of 10 know it can harm their eyes. Additionally, 20 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that UV damage is reversible.

Because so few people understand the detrimental effects of UV exposure, many aren’t taking the best steps to protect and preserve their vision. For example, less than half of Americans get a regular eye exam, which can be instrumental in detecting and preventing serious vision problems and eye disease. Additionally, more than four out of 10 people don’t wear UV blocking sunglasses during the winter months when UV rays are still a threat.

Sunglasses Quality Matters

Did you know that wearing an inadequate pair of sunglasses can be worse than wearing no sun protection at all? If a pair of sunglasses offers no UV protection, the wearer is actually increasing his or her exposure to UV rays. The inadequate sunglasses will block some of the light, causing the pupil of the eye to enlarge and allow more light in. This also lets in more UV light, increasing the amount of damaging light reaching the retina. Quality sunglasses are designed to absorb UVA and UVB rays. However, not all sunglasses block 100 percent of UV rays, and therefore may not be effective in preventing sun damage to the eyes.

Considering the potential damage that UV exposure can cause to eyesight, everyone should be wearing lenses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.

Polarized Lenses Block Glare

Polarized lenses are helpful in blocking polarized light. This type of light is created by reflected light. When bright light bounces off of horizontal surfaces such as water, cars, snow, or the highway, it can cause intense glare. Bright glares make it difficult or impossible to see. Polarized lenses can be beneficial for certain situations, including driving, skiing, and fishing because they cut the scattered light causing a glare. Fishermen, for example, often use polarized lenses to help them see beneath the water and better locate fish. While most polarized lenses have built-in UV-blocking features, it is important to check the lens labeling to determine if the sunglasses offer full protection. Regardless of the type of sun protection chosen, the quality of the lens is important.  

Stop by to see us at Lambaria Eyecare Associates to be sure your sunglasses provide 100 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays. If they don’t, we can help you pick out a fashionable pair offer function and protection, too!

We are thrilled to be open and able to provide service to our community! To follow the current mandates, we do have some new procedures for the office.

We are taking every precaution to protect your health and safety. We are ensuring our practice is a safe environment, so you have a comfortable and excellent experience. Below are the steps we are taking for your safety:

  • • Health screenings of employees and patients, including brief medical history and temperature before entering the office.
  • Practicing Social Distancing to reduce the risk of Coronavirus exposure.
  • • Wearing Personal Protection Equipment such as masks, face shields, and gloves, as necessary.
  • • Sanitizing all equipment and frames for every patient.
  • • Providing no-touch hand sanitizer stations in the office.
  • • Reduced the number of patients seen per day.

When you arrive at our office:

  • Call us at 810-658-2020.

  • We will either:

    • Instruct you to come through the sliding doors and meet a team member in the vestibule for your screening and take a no-touch temperature.
    • Ask what color and kind of car you have and let you know that when we are ready, we will come out and wave you in to do your screening and no-touch temperature check.

All people entering our office must:

  • Wear a mask that completely covers their nose, mouth, and chin.

  • Only the patient being seen for an exam or needing to pick up materials or have an adjustment will be permitted in the office. If it is a minor or an adult that needs a care provider, 1 adult is permitted to come in with them.

Curbside services provided for:

  • Picking up glasses or contacts

  • Glasses adjustments

  • Glasses repairs

Your health and safety are our Number 1 priority. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will do our best to address them.