Sunscreen provides an excellent way to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, but did you know that your eyes can also suffer from sun damage? Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) ...View Article
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At Alpine Vision, our optometrists make your eye and vision health a top priority. That's why we offer services from routine eye exams and treatment for ocular conditions to a large optical selection, including a wide range of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. We want all of our patients to have the proper UV protection not only for their skin but for their eyes as well!
What many people don't realize is that the sun's UVA and UVB rays can be just as damaging to the eyes as they are to the skin. Think about it: your eyes are made of much more sensitive tissue than your skin! Unfortunately, while many people take precautions to protect their skin from UV rays when they go outside (such as wearing sunscreen or donning a hat to protect the scalp), many people overlook the importance of UV protection for the eyes.
When UV rays come into contact with your eyes, they can damage the lens of one or both eyes. Over time, this damage can lead to cataracts, which create blurry or cloudy spots in your vision and can drastically interfere with your day-to-day life. In addition to cataracts, UV exposure can also lead to long-term retinal damage as well as photokeratitis, which is essentially sunburn of the cornea. Ouch!
The good news is that protecting your eyes from the sun's rays is as easy as wearing sunglasses when you go outdoors. Specifically, you'll want to stick with sunglasses that are rated to block out at least 99% of the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Depending on the outdoor activities you enjoy, you may also want to consider sunglasses with polarized lenses, which help to protect your eyes from glare when sunlight bounces off reflective surfaces like water or snow. Some common instances where polarized lenses can come in handy include while boating or skiing.
At Alpine Vision, we are proud to carry a wide range of sunglasses, including those with quality polarized lenses. Whether you're interested in a traditional pair of prescription sunglasses, a wrap-around pair (ideal for sports and other activities), or even a clip-on option to attach to your existing eyeglasses, we have you covered. We even offer innovative eyeglasses that will automatically darken when exposed to bright light, providing you with the UV protection you need without having to buy a separate pair of sunglasses.
Take the necessary steps to protect your eyes from UV damage by scheduling an appointment with our eye doctors in Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor. Contact us today to request an appointment that works with your schedule!