Sunglasses are more than accessories. They are vital to protecting your eyes and helping preserve your vision. However, when you wear glasses, also wearing sunglasses is challenging. Investing in prescription sunglasses solves the problem of needing to switch between your regular glass and sunglasses while offering several other benefits as well.
Why You Should Get Prescription Sunglasses
1. UV Protection
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can damage both to your eyes—contributing to cataracts and macular degeneration—and the skin around your eyes. While most sunglasses offer UV protection to a degree, prescription sunglasses block 100% of the sun’s most damaging rays, giving you the most protection.
2. Blue Light Protection
Blue light, or high-energy visible light (HEV), is necessary to our overall vision. Without it, we couldn't see the color blue. However, blue light can harm your vision, contributing to cataracts and macular degeneration, while also disrupting your natural sleep-wake cycle. Sunglasses block some of this damaging light while still ensuring you still see colors, protecting your eyes and your sleep.
3. Reduced Signs of Aging
The skin around your eyes isn’t only vulnerable to damage from the sun’s UV rays. Squinting to block bright light can contribute to wrinkles around your eyes over time. Blocking the sun with prescription sunglasses prevents squinting and helps you maintain a youthful appearance.
4. Reduced Glare
When you wear regular glasses outdoors, the sun’s glare may make it nearly impossible to see clearly. Glare is caused by the sun’s rays bouncing off of reflective surfaces like water, snow, vehicles, and buildings. However, polarized prescription sunglasses neutralize the glare and allow you to see comfortably.
5. More Freedom
When you wear contact lenses, you have the flexibility to wear any sunglasses. But not every day is a contact lens day. For example, you might not want to wear your contacts to the beach or pool where you’ll be swimming. With prescription sunglasses, you can still see clearly without worrying about losing a lens.
Whether you’ve been wearing glasses for years or have only recently started having trouble seeing, contact EyeCare One in West Chester, OH. Dr. Crawford has more than 20 years of experience providing eye exams, prescriptions, eye disease treatments, and more. They also offer a full selection of eyeglasses, contact lenses, and prescription sunglasses. Schedule an appointment by calling (513) 755-7775 or visit their website to learn more about their practice.