When to wear sunglasses

With the last few weeks of summer here, there is still ample time left to enjoy time outdoors. From visiting Cedar Point, to a relaxing walk at Mohican State Park, we spend hours enjoying sunny weather. As we would think to use sunscreen at the beach, on a hike, or spending the weekend doing yard work, sunglasses should also come to mind.

UV radiation from the sun can impact our eyes in multiple ways. UV exposure can cause our eyes to dry out, causing irritation and redness. Dry eye irritation can be grittiness or like a burning sensation. While this heals within a few days usually, these symptoms are annoying.

Chronic exposure to the sun can also accelerate cataract progression, which gradually makes our vision more cloudy as well as worsening glare of oncoming headlights when driving at night. Cataract surgery must then be seriously considered to improve vision. While most patients eventually develop cataracts given enough time, chronic exposure to the sun makes cataracts worsen more quickly.

Finally, UV exposure can also worsen macular degeneration. This irreversible condition may start mild, but can significantly limit ones’ central vision over time. Wearing sunglasses help to protect our eyes from the sun-keeping our eyes healthier for longer.

Advanced Eye Care Center offers a wide array of sun wear of the highest quality. We also offer polarized options, which help to make driving during the summer months easier on the eye. Stop by today to check out our premium sun wear collection. We can help!

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