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May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month

Not all sunglasses are created equally! Protect your eyes in sunny California!

In the video link below: Learn more about how ultraviolet light can harm your eyes if not protected by appropriate sunglasses.

We have the ultraviolet protection you need to keep your eyes healthy. Come in anytime during our business hours and ask our opticians for more information.

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When most of us see the sun rise, we call it the beginning of a beautiful day, but it’s what we don’t see, that we all need to guard against: the sun’s ultra-violet rays. Throughout the year, just about everyone is exposed to these harmful, invisible, ultra-violet – or UV rays. Whether you are indoors, or outdoors, a child or an adult, exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause serious long-term damage to your eyes. Just as you should protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays using sunscreen, you should protect your eyes with UV-filtering sunglass lenses. Most UV exposure comes from UVA and UVB rays. These types of UV rays are absorbed by several structures in the eye, and can contribute to the development of many short-term, and long-term eye conditions. No matter how dark, or what color the lenses are, certain types of sunglasses do not completely protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays. Wearing sunglasses without the right kind of UV protection, can actually do more harm than if you didn’t wear any protection at all. Because sunglasses dilate the eyes, wearing the wrong kind can actually allow more harmful UV rays to enter into the eye. Most eye care professionals will prescribe 100% UV protection against the sun’s damaging effects. If you choose to purchase over-the-counter sunglasses with the ‘UV Protection’ label, it’s important to make sure that the lenses block at least 60% of UVA and 70% of UVB rays. Your eye care professional can provide you with complete UV-protected sunglasses in a variety of options, including: Solid Tints Gradient Tints Polarization and Anti-Glare coating. No matter which type of sunglasses best fit your lifestyle, wearing 100% UV protection on your eyes is the best way to enjoy beautiful, sunny days for years to come.

You understand the importance of putting sunscreen on your children while outdoors, but do you know that your child’s eyes also need protection? Teaching your children to wear sunglasses at a young age, may be the most important thing you do for their vision. Recent studies have shown that the earlier children start wearing sunglasses while outdoors, the better their chances of avoiding major eye health problems, later in life. All children should be taught to wear sunglasses, especially between 10 AM and 2 PM, when ultraviolet exposure is the most dangerous. Excessive exposure to sunlight during early childhood is extremely harmful, and can cause severe damage, although the consequences usually do not become apparent, until well after they are adults.