The Importance of UV Protection for Your Eyes
Proper eye care is essential to your overall health, and that includes protecting your vision by wearing the right sunglasses. The optometrists at Maple Ridge Eye Care are pros at keeping your eyes healthy by prescribing the right eyeglasses for you.
Why UV Eye Protection Important
Just as the sun’s rays are dangerous for your body, so can they do major damage to your eyes. The sun’s ultraviolet, or UV, rays have potentially serious effects on your eyes and can result in any of these diseases:
- Cataracts: it is estimated that up to 20% of cataracts are the result of UV exposure
- Macular Degeneration: extended exposure to UV light increases your risk of developing macular degeneration, as AMD (age-related macular degeneration) is caused by damage to the retina over time.
- Pterygium: UV light is believed to be a factor in the formation of these noncancerous growths that form over the white (conjunctiva) of the eye.
How Our Maple Ridge Doctor Helps Protect Your Vision
Getting a yearly check-up by one of our optometrists is the first step to complete eye care. During the checkup, your doctor will determine if you need corrective eyeglasses to improve your sight. Whether or not you need corrective eyewear, you will still need a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Proper Sunglass Protection
When you purchase sunglasses, always look for UVA and UVB sun ray protection. The glasses should protect you from 99 to 100 percent of these rays. In addition, the sunglasses should eliminate 75 to 90 percent of visible light. Another important factor to look for are polarized lenses: these will help eliminate glare, making it easier to see, especially while driving.
Prescription Eyeglasses and UV Protection
What if you wear corrective eyeglasses and you can’t see through regular sunglasses? To ensure eye care protection, we offer prescription sunglasses that contain your regular correction. You can also purchase transition glasses that darken when you go outside to protect your vision.
Make Your Eye Care Appointment Today
Proper eye care is as important as caring for every other part of your body. Call our Maple Ridge eye doctor at 604-463-4469 today to take the first step in your eye care.
You can find us at:
23015 Dewdney Trunk Rd
Maple Ridge, BC V2X3K9