Add Prescription Lenses
If you wear prescription lenses, you probably already understand the challenge of finding sunglasses that protect you from the sun and correct your vision. At Access Eye, we make this process easy. Our team can take almost any vision prescription and apply it to sunglasses.
Visit one of our locations and pick out your favorite frames. We can swap out the lenses with ones that include your prescription. This allows you to block UV rays without sacrificing the quality of your sight, which should make driving much easier.
Why is it important to choose sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection?
Many manufacturers sell sunglasses without total UV protection. People still buy them because they are unaware that these glasses offer less (if any) protection and they tend to be less expensive. Some such sunglasses may feel like they work because they shield your eyes from the sun’s brightness, but that does not mean they offer UV protection. At Access Eye, we vouch for the quality of our sunglasses, meaning that you can trust you have selected a pair that has 100% protection.
Since UV rays can enter from the front, top and sides of the eyes, it is smart to choose sunglasses that can protect your eyes from all angles. Look for sunglasses that fit well and are contoured to block as much of your eye as possible.
What can ultraviolet exposure do to the eyes?
Long-term UV radiation exposure can affect your vision and play a role in the development of certain eye health conditions. You are more likely to develop macular degeneration and cataracts with excessive UV exposure, both of which impair the vision and may eventually require surgery. You may also develop skin cancer on and around the eyelids. In the short term, excessive UVB exposure can cause photokeratitis (a condition similar to having sunburn on the cornea), which causes painful, albeit temporary vision loss.
What are UVC rays?
UVC rays have the highest amount of radiation and therefore theoretically pose the highest risk to your eyes. Currently, the ozone does a great job of blocking UVC rays from reaching our planet, though a depleted ozone layer could pose more dangers in the future.
How do I keep my sunglasses clean and safe?
Keep your sunglasses in their case anytime they are not on your face. That will prevent them from accidentally scratching or accumulating dust. To clean sunglasses, rinse with warm running water and use a small amount of dish soap that does not include lotion. Then rinse again. Dry the glasses gently with a lint-free cloth. Using napkins, paper towels or anything with texture may scratch the lenses.
Do I need sunglasses if I wear contact lenses?
While some contact lenses do offer a certain amount of UV protection, no contacts provide adequate protection from the sun. Therefore, it is important to shield your eyes from the sun with sunglasses. If you buy a pair of prescription sunglasses, you may be able to skip the contact lenses when you know you will be outside all day.
To check out the amazing selection of sunglasses at Access Eye, visit one of our locations in and around Fredericksburg. For other eye-related matters, please call (540) 371-2020 to schedule an appointment.
Also Offering Sunglasses for Spotsylvania, Stafford & King George
Slathering on the sunscreen to protect your skin is important, but it’s just as important to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. Even low amounts of exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the eyes. The effects of such exposure are cumulative and can be seen in an increased occurrence of chronic vision problems like macular degeneration and premature cataracts. Since sunglasses should be worn year round, Access Eye always carry a large selection of high quality sunglasses.
Quality Sun Protection Options for Glasses
Sun protection options for eyeglass wearers include prescription sunglasses, clip-on or magnetic sunglasses that attach to regular glasses, and photochromics like Transitions — prescription lenses that darken automatically when UV rays are present. These lenses block out 100 percent of UV radiation automatically. They remain clear indoors, but automatically block UV rays outdoors by becoming dark when dangerous rays are present. The brighter the sun, the darker the lenses get. The lenses automatically become clear again when you come indoors. These lenses are compatible with anti reflective coatings.
Sun protection is also important on cloudy days, when up to 80 percent of UV radiation passes through the clouds, and at high elevations. Make sure to select sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. Polarized lenses add the benefit of removing reflected glare.
Protection from the sun is especially important for children and teenagers, since 80 percent of an individual’s lifetime sun exposure occurs before age 18. This is why having sunglasses for your children is so important. Make sure children and teens wear good quality sunglasses that block out UVA and UVB rays.