May is Healthy Vision Month, which means there is no better time than now to update your sunglasses. Your eyes work very hard for you. In fact, 80 percent of the information you take in every day — about your family, friends, job, school, and everything you love to see and do – is processed by the eyes, says the National Eye Institute. That’s why it’s so important to keep your eyes healthy and safe – especially while out in the sun.
Healthy Vision Month raises awareness about eye health and ways to help prevent vision loss and blindness. Getting an eye exam is the #1 thing you can do to take care of your eyes. At your annual eye exam, your doctor will see if your prescription has changed. If so, you should also update the prescription for new sunglasses.
The sun is no friend of your eyes. Every time you go outside without protection from UV rays, you’re adding damage that increases your risk for serious disorders, ranging from eye diseases and cataracts to growths on the eye and cancer, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. To protect yourself, wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you go outside.
Why You need an Update
You may be on top of updating your regular specs for reading and distance, but you may not even think about updating your sunglasses on a regular basis. However, even if you’re in love with your current sunglasses, you could need a new pair of shades. That’s because the UV protection of sunglasses can degrade over time, meaning your eyes are not as protected as you may think.
First off, make sure your existing sunglasses are UV resistant. Those inexpensive sunglasses you picked up at the drug store probably won’t cut it. Second, Simon Eye Associates offers a wide array of sunglasses from which to choose. Not only will properly-made sunglasses reduce glare and eye strain, they will also prevent dry eye conditions for those who love being in the outdoors. The biggest benefit? They block harmful radiation and ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Perhaps the most important reason you need to update your current pair of sunglasses is to update your prescription. If you are wearing an old prescription, those glasses are doing your eyes more harm than good. Many people shy away from prescription sunglasses because they also wear prescription glasses indoors and don’t know how to handle the transition.
To that end, we offer a variety of Transitions® adaptive lenses that will automatically lighten or darken depending on whether you’re inside or out.
Contact Simon Eye Associates
Come visit us to see our wide selection of sunglasses in all the best optical brands. Contact us today or call 302-239-1933.