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Posted on 04-11-2017

Protect Your Eyes While Working Outdoors From Our College Station Optometrist​

Sunglasses aren’t just fashionable; they’re actually essential tools to keep your eyes healthy long term. If you spend time playing or working outdoors without proper sun protection for your eyes, you could be putting your eyesight at risk due to UV (ultraviolet) light exposure. Heed this timely reminder from our College Station optometrist: whether you’re outside skiing, gardening or walking your dog, be sure to wear your sunglasses for proper eye care.

protecting your eyes while working outdoors in college station

How UV Rays Damage Your Eyes

The sun’s UVA and UVB rays contribute to several eye conditions that can threaten your eyesight, including: 

  • Visible yellowing of the sclera of the eye (the white part).
  • Photokeratitis (corneal sunburn, this temporary irritation often occurs when UV rays are reflected into your eyes. Snow blindness is an example of this condition.)
  • Cataracts (gradual clouding of the cornea, eventually requiring surgical removal).
  • Macular degeneration (UV exposure may be a contributing factor to the development of this potentially blinding eye condition).
  • Eye or eyelid cancer.

Choosing the Best Sunglasses

For the best eye protection, check the label before buying sunglasses and select those that block the vast majority of invisible UV rays, such as UV 400 lenses. Darker lenses that block at least 75% of visible light are ideal. Select polarized lenses if you will be driving, skiing, running, or participating in water sports. Polarized lenses are most effective at blocking reflected light and glare.  

Popular UV Eye Protection Options

As part of our commitment to complete eye care, let us suggest a variety of vision-protecting solutions to fit your needs, including:

  • Non-prescription clip-on sunglasses.
  • Fit-over or wrap-around sunglasses.
  • UV-blocking contact lenses (You should wear regular sunglasses over these because they don’t cover the whole eye surface).
  • Prescription sunglasses.
  • Prescription glasses that transform, with "indoor" lenses that darken in the sunlight.
  • We also suggest you wear a hat, to prevent UV rays from reaching your eyes from the side of your sunglasses or from above.

Call Our College Station Optometrist Today!

Learn more about your sunglasses options from our College Station optometrist at Crystal Vision Center. Call us at 979-764-0669 today. We look forward to meeting with you!

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