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UV Rays: The Silent Threat to Your Eyes

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are a silent threat to our eyes. These invisible rays, particularly UVA and UVB rays, can cause various eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis (sunburn of the eyes). Photokeratitis is also often called "snow blindness" because it is most commonly seen in people who spend a lot of time in the snow.

Regular eye exams play a vital role in detecting and addressing UV-related eye conditions at an early stage. Make an appointment with in to discuss these conditions and to find the perfect pair of sunglasses for you.

What are the Sources and Dangers of UV Light?

Despite being present all year, UV rays are at their most intense during summer. Sunlight is the main culprit behind these rays, but it's important to note that they can also bounce off various surfaces like snow or water. Did you know that even when the weather is overcast, nearly 80% of UV rays can still cut through the clouds?

These UV rays can damage your eyes in several ways. They can cause the eye's lens to become cloudy, leading to cataracts. They can also damage the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. This can lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in older adults.

Safeguarding Your Eye Health this Summer

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The best way to protect your eyes from UV rays this summer is to wear sunglasses that block all UV radiation. We recommend you look for sunglasses labeled as "UV400" or "UV-protective," as these will protect your eyes completely.

In addition to blocking UV rays, shades can also reduce glare and improve visibility. This is especially important while driving. In addition, a hat with a broad brim will also help protect your eyes, face, and neck from harmful sunburn.

When choosing sunglasses, there are a few factors you should consider:

  • Make sure they block UV radiation 100%.
  • Choose shades that fit well and are comfortable to wear.
  • Consider the styles and colors that suit your face and style.

We offer a wide variety of sunglasses frames, including aviators, wayfarers, and wraparounds. We also have an excellent selection for children and sports enthusiasts.

New Boston Vision Center in New Boston is Your Destination for Quality Sunglasses

We understand the importance of your eye health. Our team of experienced optometrists can help you select the perfect pair of sunglasses for your needs. We will consider your lifestyle, prescription, and budget to help you find the ideal pair.

We're committed to providing our patients with the highest quality eye care. So, contact New Boston Vision Center in New Boston today and take the first step towards protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays.