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Questions & Answers About Sunglasses

A pair of blue sunglasses on the beach

Dr. Pham Answers Your Questions About Sunglasses

Q: What can a person do to protect herself from sun exposure?
A: The best way to protect yourself from sun exposure is to limit the time you’re outside especially between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm.

Q: What exactly are “ultraviolet rays?”
A: Ultraviolet rays are a type of light that has a shorter wavelength and can cause harm to the body with prolonged exposure.

Q: How can people protect themselves from the sun’s UV rays?
A: Just as it’s important to use sunscreen when you’ll be spending extra time under the sun, it’s equally as important to use polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV.

Q: Are sunglasses an important part of a sun protection plan?
A: While certain ocular structures play a part in reducing the amount of UV that enters your eye, sunglasses provide an extra level of protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Excessive UV exposure can cause early cataracts and increase risk for macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness in severe stages.

Q: What type of sunglasses best protect from UV rays?
A: Polarized sunglasses are the best kind of sunglasses for protection against UV rays.

Q: I’ve heard of getting my skin sunburned, but can your eyes also get sunburned?
A: The cornea is the clear front window to the eye and the cornea can get burned by excessive UV exposure.

Q: Do darker sunglasses mean better sun protection?
A: Darker tints do block out more light, but the key to sun protection is getting polarized sunglasses.

Q: Does having a prescription make it harder to get the right sunglasses?
A: Prescription sunglasses are a great option for patients who need a prescription to see more clearly.

Q: Do certain brands of sunglasses perform better than other brands?
A: My favorite brands of polarized sunglasses include Maui Jim and Rayban.