A prescription to success: Benefits of prescription sunglasses

sunglassesThere may not be anything better than driving north on I-75 with the sun shining on your face. Not having a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the blazing UV rays, however may take this drive from a relaxing cruise to a depressing drive.

If your eyes are exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time, serious damage, such as a “sunburn” to the cornea and lens of the eye, can occur. The American Optometric Association’s recent Eye-Q® study found only 40 percent of Americans wear sunglasses as protection for their eyes, whereas 32 percent use sunglasses for comfort.

The AOA recommends your sunglasses, with or without a prescription, should:

  • Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light.
  • Be free of imperfections or distortions.
  • Have gray lenses to help with color recognition.
  • Fit close to the eyes and adjusted to the shape of your head.

Prescription sunglasses are a perfect addition to a car ride, skiing in the UP or biking with the family. Even if you wear contacts every day, having a pair of prescription sunglasses can be more practical for the outdoor activities you love. Plus, UV protection lowers the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

For more information on the type of lenses available or additional benefits for prescription sunglasses, visit the American Optometric Association’s website.

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  1. In your article, you stated that a recent study found only 40 percent of Americans wear sunglasses as protection for their eyes, whereas 32 percent use sunglasses for comfort. Do the prescriptions for sunglasses differ from regular sunglasses? My wife has always worn glasses but hates that she can’t wear sunglasses over them. Going to see an optometrist for some prescription sunglasses might be a good option.

  2. I didn’t realize that a sunburn of sorts could occur to the cornea and eye lens if left exposed to the sun. It makes sense that it would be good to wear some kind of protection in order to prevent that. I wear glasses or contacts so it might be smart for me personally to look into prescribed sunglasses in case I don’t have my contacts on me.

  3. I think prescription glasses would be ideal for my eyes since it would be free of imperfections or distortions that I get from other types of glasses. Since they are a more practical choice for outdoor activities, I should probably get one soon. This way, I’ll have glasses that are adjusted to the shape of my head which will help me keep track of my kids while we play.

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