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Sunglasses - Do You Buy Cheap or Expensive Ones? UV Protection Is The Most Important Feature

Cheap or Expensive - Sunglasses must provide UV Protection

Cheap or Expensive - Sunglasses must provide UV Protection


Splurge Or Save On Sunglasses?

Sunglasses can cost $1 to several hundred dollars, but the ones that cost more don’t necessarily protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation more than the others.

KPRC Local 2 tested several dozen pairs of cheap and pricey sunglasses at the University of Houston College of Optometry.

“The glasses tested a little better than I would have expected,” said Dr. Jan Bergmanson, professor at the UH College of Optometry. “It was not a scientific survey, but all of the glasses we tested provided UV protection. Some a little better than others, but they were all credible UV protectors.”

Bergmanson is a glaucoma specialist and has researched the amount of UV radiation it takes to cause damage to the eye. He said the best way to protect your eyes from UV radiation, and the possibility of damage, is to wear wraparound sunglasses or UV-blocking contact lenses.

“Nine days out of 10 in summertime we have radiation levels that are considered dangerous. There are high radiation levels all year round, but particularly this time of year, everyone needs some sort of protection,” said Bergmanson. “Most prescription glasses already have UV protection. The color of lens or darkness of lens has nothing to do with UV absorption.”

He added it is important for children to start wearing UV protective glasses when they are as young as 5 years old.

Bergmanson said he is working to try to get a standard protection factor number required on sunglasses, similar to the way sunscreens are rated. He said he believes that a standard system would make it easier for consumers and health care professionals to understand the UV protection offered by each pair of glasses.

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Sunglasses can be tricky to shop for. You want to find stylish frames, you want quality protection, you want quality construction, but you don’t want to spend a ton of money. If your not sure about which sunglasses will be right for you, contact Gordy EyeCare for an appointment and we will find the right ones for you.

Summer is Here - Do You Know How to Protect Your Eyes?

UV Rays are as bad for your eyes as they are for your skin

UV Rays are as bad for your eyes as they are for your skin

Fourth of July weekend is here! With it comes all the outdoor activities of Summer and some of the risks as well. We all know of the dangers of UV Rays on your skin, but are you aware of the effects on your eyes? Exposure to the sun can have come long lasting consequences to your eye health and you can go a long way to eye health with the proper sunglasses.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers these tips to protect your eyes from the sun:

  • Don’t focus on color or darkness of sunglass lenses: Select sunglasses that block UV rays. Don’t be deceived by color or cost. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the price tag or how dark the sunglass lenses are.
  • Check for 100 percent UV protection: Make sure your sunglasses block 100 percent of UV-A rays and UV-B rays.
  • Choose wrap-around styles: Ideally, your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.
  • Wear a hat: In addition to your sunglasses, wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your eyes.
  • Don’t rely on contact lenses: Even if you wear contact lenses with UV protection, remember your sunglasses.
  • Don’t be fooled by clouds: The sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds. Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime.
  • Protect your eyes during peak sun times: Sunglasses should be worn whenever outside, and it’s especially important to wear sunglasses in the early afternoon and at higher altitudes, where UV light is more intense.
  • Never look directly at the sun. Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, damage to the eye’s retina from solar radiation.
  • Don’t forget the kids: Everyone is at risk, including children. Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses. In addition, try to keep children out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.

If you follow these simple tips you will be able to safely protect your eyes from harmful UV Rays. If you would like to know information or what sunglasses would work best for you, contact Gordy EyeCare today.

Gordy EyeCare would like to take a moment and wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July! We are thankful for this great nation and all who protect it! Be Safe.

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You Protect Your Skin from UV Rays - Do you protect your eyes?

Do you protect your eyes from UV Rays?

Do you protect your eyes from UV Rays?

Although there’s considerable public awareness about UV light’s ability to burn and age the skin, awareness of its effect on the eyes has “fallen in the shadows,” says optometry professor Jan Bergmanson of the University of Houston College of Optometry, founding director of the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center. A 2009 survey by the American Optometric Association found that one in three adults is unaware of the eye-health risks of spending too much time in the sun without proper protection. Just 29 percent of parents say they make sure their children wear sunglasses while outdoors.

The sun can be just as harmful to your eyes as it can be to your skin. Cumulative exposure to the UV rays can contribute to some serious and lasting damage to your eyes and your vision. Some possible consequences are:

Cataracts: A clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. It afflicts one in six Americans over 40 and more than half over 80, about 20 million people. An estimated 20 percent of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.

Macular degeneration: Resulting from damage to the retina that destroys sharp, central vision. It is the leading cause of blindness in the USA.

Pterygium: A tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism. If the pterygium starts to grow over the cornea, it can blur or obstruct vision and may need to be removed.

It is not exactly known as to how much sun exposure is needed to damage your eyes, as each person is different, but the increasing UV health related issues are a concern. If you are concerned about the amount of sun exposure you receive, contact Gordy EyeCare today to set an appointment.

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Important steps to help prevent eye and vision problems

prevent eye vision problemsRegular eye checkups from an optometrist are important. For the most part eye examinations should be done annually. However, if you are showing early signs of eye problems from diabetes or high blood pressure among other things, more frequent visits may be recommended.

To test for glaucoma, the pressure in your eyes will be measured at some visits. Occasionally you may need to have your eyes dilated to examine the retina for any signs of problems from aging, high blood pressure, or diabetes.

Follow these important steps to help prevent eye and vision problems:

  • Limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Eat foods rich in antioxidants, like green leafy vegetables.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
  • Keep your blood sugars under control if you have diabetes.

Schedule your eye examination today at Gordy EyeCare