For a lot of Americans, eyeglasses are crucial for daily tasks. Over 60% of the U.S population wear corrective lenses. This takes the form of contacts lenses, prescription or over-the-counter glasses. Finding the right glasses to suit your needs is important, as they protect the eyes and correct vision. Consider the following benefits of corrective lenses, your eyes will thank you for it.
Prevents UV Ray damage
It’s well known that UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays can potentially cause eye problems. These rays have been associated with numerous eye and skin issues. Extensive research shows that prolonged exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause cataracts, pterygium (surfer’s eye), and eye cancers.
Be careful when enjoying snow sports on a sunny day. Snow is highly reflective and the intense light may cause “snow blindness”, which is a sunburn of the top layer (cornea) of your eyes. Snow blindness is usually temporary, but you may have poor eyesight and pain in the eyes during that time. We’re always being showered in UV rays, even on cloudy days. It’s always best to wear sunglasses outdoors during the daytime.
How to choose the right sunglasses?
Always choose sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV rays. Sunglass labels typically list UV block rates in Nanometers (nm). Look for one that blocks in the region of 400nm, that’s almost 100% UV protection. Be aware that sunglass lens color or darkness is not a good indicator of UV ray protection. Buying the pair that looks the darkest is not always the best thing to do.
Protect your eyes at work
Over 20,000 work-related eye injuries take place each year, this according to the US Labour Statistics Bureau. Eyecare professionals believe most of these accidents are preventable with appropriate eyewear. Most of these injuries are not serious, but some result in blindness or long-term vision loss.
Workers should always wear safety glasses or goggles in work environments that require it. Safety eyewear should always completely cover the eyes, leaving no gaps on the sides or bottom. Sadly, there are instances where glass or metal fragments pass through small gaps in protective eyewear and cause eye damage. This is snug fitted eyewear with no gaps is absolutely necessary.
Safety eyewear should be made from rigid plastic material, such as polycarbonate. Always use professional grade safety eyewear. Don’t use that pair of sunglasses you have laying around, these could cause even more damage in the event of high-speed trauma. Non-professional grade eyewear can shatter, sending even more projectiles into the eyes. Consider wearing protective eyewear when mowing the lawn or playing your favorite sports.
Improve your vision
Despite busy work schedules and hectic lifestyles, we should all find time for rest, health and wellbeing. A balanced diet and exercise will help us to achieve a longer, healthier, more fulfilling life.
Generally, we don’t think of ways to maintain or improve our vision until something goes very wrong. It’s possible for you to have astigmatism, near or far-sightedness and not be aware of it. A routine eye exam every few years is a good way to maintain your eyesight. This way, problems can be identified at an early stage and corrected with prescription glasses or contacts.
As you get older, you sometimes lose the ability to focus on nearby objects. This makes it difficult to read text on a phone screen or newspaper when held a few inches away. This condition is known as presbyopia and usually affects people 40 and older.
For some patients, an inexpensive pair of reading glasses from your nearby store will correct the problem. However, other patients will need multifocal lenses (bifocals, trifocals, progressives) that correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness and other vision issues.
Eyeglass buying tips
Get your lenses treated with an anti-scratch as well as an anti-reflective coating. Anti-scratch coatings increase lens longevity, while anti-reflective coatings reduce damaging sun rays. It also makes your eyes more visible to those around, giving you a friendlier, more approachable look.
Glasses are often the first thing people notice on your face, they can become apart of your identity and are a fashion statement. Get a pair that matches your face, your lifestyle and gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Your eye care specialist can help you find a frame that’s right for you.
Dr. Joseph Cohen O.D.
Woodland Hills Optometrist
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19737 Ventura Blvd., Suite 201, Woodland Hills, CA 91364