During this summer we want you to have tons of fun in the sun but you have to protect those eyes!

You may already know that too much exposure to UV light can do a number on your skin, causing problems like wrinkles and even melanomas.

But you also need to know that too much time in the sun can increase your risk for several eye diseases and disorders. Cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygiums — also known as “surfer’s eye” — are just a few of the vision problems that can be caused or aggravated by too much exposure to harmful UV rays — including both UVA and UVB light.

And because most of the sun damage to our eyes happens before we are 18, make sure your children are protected to reduce their risk of eye problems.  Sun protection is very important for all ages!

How Do You Protect Your Eyes from UV Exposure?

Just like a good sunscreen helps your skin, the right pair of sunglasses can shield your eyes from the worst the sun has to offer.

There are many options when it comes to protecting your eyes from UV light:

UV sunglasses can be done in prescription and non-prescription. Tints can be done in full or gradient tints.

A little warning about those cheap gas station sunglasses: If they don’t have true or full UVA/UVB protection, they could be doing more harm than good to your eyes.

Why? Because a dark lens can make your pupil get bigger — letting even more harmful rays of light into your eye to cause more damage. Make sure you have optical quality lenses to protect those eyes completely!

At Springfield Family Vision, we have a variety of styles and frames to choose from in-house, so contact us or just stop by at any time to ask about the right sunglasses for you!

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