It's not hard to see the appeal of sunglasses. These fashionable accessories not only help you attain a certain look; they also shield your eyes against the bright glare of the sun. But they also perform another function, one that might not seem obvious at first sight - protecting you against invisible but damaging ultraviolet rays, or UV. If you want to maintain your ocular health and vision for many years to come, you need sunglasses that genuinely block these rays, and you can get them here at Southwest Orlando Eye Care in Orlando, FL.
The ultraviolet range of the spectrum stops at around 400 nanometers, too low a wavelength for us to see. The harm this form of radiation can do, however, may become all too clear over time. You may already know that UV causes skin cancer -- a fact that equally true for the skin around your eyes, including your eyelids. You should also be warned that UV exposure can cause an acute "burn" on the eyes called photokeratitis. Even more worrying is the fact that UV rays can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration, both irreversible conditions.
Many people assume the darker their sunglasses are, the better the UV protection, but lens darkness only affects visible light penetration; it has nothing to do with blocking UV. In fact, you could be exposing yourself to even higher levels of UV by allowing those dark lenses to dilate your pupils. Cheap, no-name sunglasses may not provide essential UV protection. To make certain that your sunglasses are working for you instead of against you, you need to know that the lenses feature UV-blocking materials that filter all wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.
You'll never have to worry about the quality of your sunglasses when you come to Southwest Orlando Eye Care. Our optometrist can order sunglasses that conform to your exact corrective prescription while ensuring that those lenses offer complete UV protection. You'll also be delighted with how your sunglasses look. We can help you choose the perfect color, size, and shape of designer frames (for kids as well as adults) from among the world's most sought-after labels. For optimal visual clarity in high-glare situations, ask about our polarized lens options.
Don't take a risk with your family's eyes -experience the sight-saving benefits of prescription sunglasses at Southwest Orlando Eye Care. Call our Orlando, FL clinic at (407) 271-8931 to schedule vision testing and an in-person tour of optical store's many options!