UV light, which is the type of light that’s emitted from the sun, can be extremely harmful to a person’s eyes. In fact, UV light is associated with eye cancer. While UV light is harmful year-round, your eyes may be more at risk in the summer time based on the fact that your exposure to UV light is most likely greater than it is in colder months. As such, taking precautions to protect your eyes is essential to eye health and longevity. Here are three ways to protect your eyes against the harsh sun this summer:
1) Prescription Sunglasses
Prescription sunglasses can be the perfect way to protect your eyes from the sun if your vision needs correction. However, there are multiple styles of prescription sunglasses to choose from, including clip-ons/flip-ups, fitovers, or regular prescription sunglasses. Clip-ons and flip-ups tend to be the least expensive option, but are also more likely to break or need repair. However, a clip-on/flip-up lens provides you with the ability to have eye protection from the sun while outside, while also benefiting from clear vision while inside (transition lenses may be a good option for this as well).
Fitover sunglasses, on the other hand, are sunglasses that are made to fit directly over your regular eyeglass frames. Regular prescription sunglasses, or sunglasses that have tinted UV protection while also having a prescription lens to correct vision, are a great option. Remember, though, you’ll need to purchase both regular eyeglasses in addition to your prescription sunglasses, which can make this option more expensive than the other two.
2) Transition Lenses
Transition sunglasses, also known as photochromic lenses, are becoming increasingly popular. This type of glasses uses technology that causes the lenses to respond to different types of light, resulting in variations in shades of tint. With transitions lenses, you only need one pair of eyeglasses, and are guaranteed protection from UV rays whenever you’re outdoors.
3) Polarized Glasses
Polarized lenses are a unique type of sunglasses that look exactly like regular sunglasses. However, unlike regular sunglasses or transition lenses, polarized glasses selectively block horizontally polarized light—in other words, they are designed specifically to block glare from water, ice, snow, and other horizontal surfaces. You can purchase polarized sunglasses that have prescription lenses, or that are non-prescription and can be worn with contact lenses. And of course, polarized lenses are also designed to offer UV protection.
Protecting Your Eyes This SummerIn addition to prescription sunglasses, transition lenses, and polarized glasses, wearing regular sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection can also be a good option. Additionally, some contact lenses are now manufactured with UV protection as well. Of course, you should also wear a hat when possible during the summer, which can protect both your eyes and face from the sun.