Slightly more than 200 million adults in the United States (nearly 80%) use some sort of vision correction, such as glasses, contact lenses, or readers. Included in this number are prescription sunglasses, which go far beyond being a cool accessory.
Prescription sunglasses can play an important role in safeguarding your all-important eyes, and Dr. Curtis Frank and the team here at Vision and Ortho-K routinely outfit our clients with frames and lenses that excel in both form and function.
Here are four reasons why you might consider adding prescription sunglasses to your wardrobe.
1. They protect against eye disease
One of the most important roles that prescription sunglasses can play is in blocking harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from reaching your eyes. UV is essentially radiation from the sun, and this form of light energy can wreak havoc on your eyes.
To start, exposure to UV rays can break down the lenses in your eyes more quickly and lead to cataracts. As well, prolonged exposure may also exacerbate age-related macular degeneration. To underscore the importance of taking steps to prevent these eye diseases, they are two of the leading causes of blindness in the US.
Aside from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, UV exposure can also lead to eye issues like Surfer’s Eye (pterygium) and pinguecula, which are growths or deposits that form on, and irritate, your eyes.
2. Sunglasses relieve eye strain
If you’ve ever headed out on a bright day without sunglasses, you know how quickly your eyes can tire from the glare. Not only do your eyes get tired, you can even develop a headache.
With prescription sunglasses, you can stop the squinting and let your eyes relax. Better still, you can opt for polarized lenses, which reduce the glare even more.
3. One pair is more efficient
If you’re juggling corrective lenses, such as wearing regular sunglasses over your prescription lenses, it’s time to streamline your eyewear. Prescription sunglasses cover your bases all in one pair — offering UV protection, shade, and clear vision.
And let’s emphasize this last item on our list — great vision. It’s a beautiful world out there, and you can see it more clearly with prescription sunglasses. You can even choose from different lens colors, such as gray, green, blue, or brown, to accentuate your view.
4. It’s a good look
While prescription sunglasses go far beyond a fashion choice, they still do fill that role admirably. Sunglasses can make a great fashion statement, and we’ve got scores of frames that you can choose from so you look cool when the sun is out.
To explore your options in prescription sunglasses, we invite you to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Boston or Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts.