Contact Lenses and Sunglasses

UV Blocking Sunglasses

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Contacts and sunglasses are like two peas in a pod.

As a contact lens wearer, your eyes should be in a committed relationship with sunglasses when you’re outdoors. There’s just no excuse.

After all, though a few contact lenses do protect against UV-Ray exposure, the rest of your eye and surrounding eye area need protection, too.

Sunglasses are Vital to Eye Health

Sunglasses are a vital part. If you wear eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses are a great option. However, if you’re committed to wearing contact lenses, sunglasses are a vital part of your eye health.

Not only are sunglasses an amazing and recognized fashion accessory, but being a contact lens wearer gives you the flexibility of choosing any non-prescription sunglasses you set eyes on.

But like all good sunglasses, you need to be sure that your non-prescription sunglasses offer complete UV protection with quality lenses that have been coated properly to protect from glare and reflections which may cause eye strain.

UV Protection

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are undoubtedly harmful, not just to your skin, but they can also damage your eyelids, cornea, lens and other parts of your eye. Exposure to UV rays can also lead to diseases such as cataracts or macular degeneration. Extended UV exposure can also cause signs of premature aging. Yikes.

This is why it is incredibly important to have proper sunglass protection. And though you may find a pair of cheap sunglasses or knock-off designer sunglasses, they can’t protect your eyes in the necessary manner.

Sunglass Lenses

Lenses are by far the most important part of your sunglasses.

The ideal pair of sunglasses are made of a high quality lens and block 99 – 100 percent of UV rays. In addition to blocking harmful rays, you want a pair of sunglasses that have polarized lenses.

Polarized lenses reduce reflection from surfaces such as water or snow. They eliminate glare thereby reduce eyestrain and increase comfort.

Colored sunglass lenses are not recommended. As cute and fun as a pair of red lenses may be, colored lenses are not able to decrease UV ray absorption – sometimes they aren’t even really able to decrease light.

Brown or amber are ideal for absorbing UV and blue light, therefore enhancing contrast. Grey shaded lenses do not distort color, but with polarization, are able to block UV and reflected glares effectively.

The Right Sunglasses for You

Get your sunglasses from a place you trust. Get it from the same people you trust your eye health to: America’s Best.

At America’s Best, we have hundreds of designer sunglasses for discounted prices every day. From brands like Ray-Ban® to Vogue™, we don’t sacrifice anything when it comes to sunglasses; not price, not style – and definitely not health.

So the next time you come in for your eye exam, to pick up your contact lenses, or just before that big beach trip you’ve been planning all winter, check out our great sunglasses selection at America’s Best.

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