Sunglasses are much more than fashionable accessories; they can keep your eyes shielded from harmful UVA and UVB rays when you are outdoors. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to painful conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and corneal sunburns. Wearing sunglasses will be a key point of prevention for these problems, but you should look for a few essential qualities in the lenses you select.
If you wear prescription sunglasses, you can be sure that your optician has provided you with lenses that shield from both UVA and UVB rays. Otherwise, you may have to do a little research on the sunglasses you are considering before making your purchase. You want to have protection from both types of UV rays, as both can do significant harm to your eyes.
To find a great selection of designer sunglass frames and expertly-tailored lenses, visit 10/10 Optics in Manhattan. You can schedule an appointment with us for your next eye exam by visiting our website or by calling us today at (888) 508-4018.
Eyewear for Every Occasion by Christina Garofalo
AUGUST 28, 2013
As in the recent evolution of men’s swim trunks, the eyewear market has experienced a renaissance of its own this season. With an array of fresh styles and innovative frames, the latest shades will not only shield the sun, they will distinguish your look. Here are a few of our favorite new releases. - Christina Garofalo
... The new hand-finished blue-and-khaki glasses by Bevel, $335, feature a patented one-piece hinge that runs through the core of the temple to create greater flexibility. The frames are sold at 10/10 Optics on New York’s Madison Avenue, where each pair is custom-fitted to the wearer. (www.bevelspecs.com, www.1010optics.com, 212.366.1010)
You may be well-acquainted with the damage that UVA and UVB sun rays can do to your skin, but many people fail to realize that the eyes are highly susceptible to harmful conditions brought on by exposure to sunlight. Below are just a few of the relatively common problems that may arise when you do not properly protect your eyes from the sun on bright days
Just like the skin on the rest of your body, the skin of the eyelids are vulnerable to cancerous growths—particularly on the lower eye lids. In fact, skin cancer of the eyelid accounts for about 5-10 percent of all skin cancer cases. However, you can find some protection from UV-protected sunglasses. The skin around the eyes can also become damaged when it is frequently exposed to sunlight, causing the face to age more rapidly with the early onset of wrinkles or age spots.
A cataract forms progressively in the lens of the eye as the proteins that make up this structure become clouded. As a result, vision becomes increasingly blurred with effects like light halos and intense glare. Cataracts may simply be the result of the aging process, but they can form in individuals of any age as a result of sun exposure.
Keratitis is a painful condition in which the cornea is sunburned from high exposure to UV rays from the outdoors or from tanning beds. Skiers and snowboarders are particularly susceptible to corneal sunburn, because UV rays are more intense at high altitudes and they are reflected off of the bright white slopes of snowy mountains.
For optical care in Manhattan to protect your eyes from sun damage and age-related degeneration, visit 10/10 Optics today. You can schedule a consultation with us on our website or call (888) 508-4018. Our staff includes opticians and optometrists who can provide annual eye exams, UV-protected prescription eyewear, and custom lenses tailored to your unique needs.
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