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Protect Your Eyes From The Sun
Many people are cheered by a bright, sunny day, but the effect of all that sunlight on the eyes is a less sunny proposition. Glare and UV radiation can create a variety of issues, from stressful driving that threaten your safety to macular degeneration and early cataract. At Yorba Linda Optometry and Beyond, we help you select the right sunglasses.
All Sunglasses are not the same! Ultraviolet light consists of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVC rays are stopped in Earth's atmosphere before they reach the eye, but UVA and UVB can both reach the eye and potentially damage it. Many off the shelf sunglasses claim 100% UV protection but few protect against UVB rays.
How does UV affect unprotected eyes? UV rays can cause proteins inside the lens to become opaque or cloudy, a condition known as cataracts. Cataracts can interfere with night vision, reduce your ability to see colors, and make reading difficult; they cannot be reversed, only removed. UV exposure can cause retinal damage such as macular degeneration which is a serious irreversible condition making 20/20 eyesight impossible.
What types of glasses can I choose from? A second pair of prescription sunglasses is your best protection but you can also choose Transition Lenses which go from light to dark when you step outside. Many of our patients love XtrActive Transition Lenses which get dark behind the windshield of a car and provide variable darkness based on outdoor brightness.
What are polarized lenses? Polarized lenses are specially designed to filter out certain types of glare that tend to radiate upward from horizontal surfaces when sunlight bounces off of these surfaces. They are great for tasks such as boating, fishing, skiing, golfing, jogging, and driving.
What additional types of protection should I consider? UV-blocking contact lenses. Swim goggles.
For more information on choosing the right sunglasses, contact our office today.
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“I have seen so much growth in Kayla. She appears much less frustrated and seems more able to cope with frustrating situations. Last year she could not connect the dots to make a triangle to now being able to draw and microscope and it's parts from the board. She enjoys reading now and is doing adult connect the dot books. We used to spend hours on homework which was often not done correctly--to going to school all day and then math tutoring for an hour with no problems. She still struggles with reading and spelling, but on her last report card got all A's and 1B. She feels that the vision therapy has helped her be more successful in life (softball, school, etc). My personnel feeling is that Kayla's vision problems created a feeling of chaos or loss of control---she struggled with trying to control her life in a chaotic situation. Now she can make sense of the world visually, she is less angry, less stressed and feels more successful in life. Thank you for everything!”