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Choosing the Right Prescription Sunglasses: Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

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Choosing the Right Prescription Sunglasses: Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Sun safety matters for your eyes as well as for your skin. If you spend a lot of time in the sun without taking precautions, you could end up with cataracts or other eye damage. Luckily, protecting your eyes can be as simple as finding the right pair of prescription eyeglasses to keep with you. Here are a few tips on picking a good pair of prescription sunglasses from our optical team at Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center, serving Lewiston, Lisbon, Sabattus, and Greene.

Look for Complete UV Protection

The most important thing to consider when buying prescription eyeglasses is UV protection. Look for a pair that blocks 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Your optometrist can help you find a pair of glasses that provides total UV protection.

Consider Glasses with Lenses That Darken Automatically

If you prefer to keep things simple, you may like glasses with lenses that are untinted indoors, but that automatically darken with sun exposure. However, be aware that these glasses may not darken effectively while driving.

Consider Whether You Need Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are coated with a special material that filters out glare and bright reflections. Glasses with polarized lenses are ideal if you're going to be outside in bright surroundings. You'll really appreciate a pair of polarized sunglasses if you frequently spend time outside on snowy days or on the water, for example. Polarized sunglasses also improve your vision when you're driving.

Visit Our Optometrist for Help Picking the Perfect Prescription Sunglasses

If you aren't sure how to choose the prescription sunglasses that are perfect for your life and style, no worries -- our friendly optical team can help. Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center has helped many patients in Lewiston, Lisbon, Sabattus, and Greene find prescription sunglasses, regular eyeglasses, and contact lenses that they love. Give us a call today at 207-782-9501 to set up an appointment with our optometrist.