We know that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your eyesight in the long-term, but how can you protect your eyes against the hot Florida sun? The answer lies in eyewear and sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays, in addition to also absorbing most HEV rays. Most people are not very familiar with HEV rays, which stand for high-energy visible (HEV) radiation (also called “blue light”). Exposing your eyes to prolonged HEV radiation may increase your long-term risk of macular degeneration and retinal damage.
Which Sunglasses Protect Eyesight?
Our optometrists and opticians understand the extent in which sunlight can cause damage to your eyes. The sun gives off UV radiation that you can’t see or feel. In small doses, this can boost your levels of vitamin D. But too much of it can cause problems like sunburn and skin cancer. It can also damage your eyes, therefore sunglasses that offer adequate eye protections are very important to always have with you when you are outside on a sunny day.
Here at the Eye Doc of Boca, we are experts in eyewear and protecting your eye health with immaculate vision care. Our selection of sunglasses is unmatched in South Florida, providing an option of beautiful eyewear for even the pickiest individuals. From our experience, frames with a close-fitting wraparound style provide the best protection because they limit how much stray sunlight reaches your eyes from above and beyond the periphery of your sunglass lenses. They can also keep out sand and allergens which are not good for your eyes either.
In our optometry practice, we always remind parents to never forget about the eye health of their children. A 2014 survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that only 32% of parents make their kids wear sunglasses that are rated to block UV light. Kids are even more susceptible to sun damage than adults, so it’s important that their eyes have the proper eye protection in the form of sunglasses.
We welcome residents of Palm Beach County to visit our boutique eyewear store in Boca Raton and check out our selection of designer sunglasses. Our trained opticians and vision specialists will assist you in making an educated decision on sunglasses that offer the right level of eye protection.