Can Cheap Sunglasses Cause Eye Damage?

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Sunglasses are an important aspect of your eye care routine year-round! Even though the temperature may be cooling off, the sun’s rays can still damage your eyes and can even have a more severe effect in the winter, as the rays can be more reflective if there is cloud cover. But did you know that even if you wear sunglasses, your eyes may still not be protected? Learn more about the dangers of wearing the wrong sunglasses.

Eye Care and Your Sunglasses

Sunglasses should block out two types of UV

 rays—If your sunglasses do not block out both UVA and UVB rays (the two most damaging sun rays), you may even be doing more damage to your eyes than going without sunglasses at all. Because sunglasses block some of the sun and allow your pupils to dilate more than they would by squinting, you are actually letting more of the rays into your eyes by wearing sunglasses. Sunglasses that block out UVA and UVB rays will protect your eyes and are an important measure for your eye care, as sunglasses that do not block harmful rays can actually let in those rays and damage your eyes.

Even if you wear UV-blocking contacts, you should still wear UV-blocking sunglasses—Your contact lenses may not offer 100% protection, so it’s still a good idea to wear UV-blocking sunglasses. This way, you can also wear these sunglasses without worrying if you take your contacts out or change lenses.

Cheap sunglasses may not match your prescription—If you wear glasses, you will want to make sure that your sunglasses are prescription lenses. If you have been wearing sunglasses without a prescription, your eyes may have a difficult time adjusting, and you may cause unnecessary strain on your eyes.

Treat your eyes right by protecting from the damaging rays of the sun! To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an annual eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

How to Keep Your Glasses in Good Shape

sunglassesAt Valley Eyecare Center, we know that you invest a lot of time in finding the right pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses. Once you’ve found the perfect pair, it is important to keep these glasses in tiptop shape. Below, we’ve listed a few of our best secrets when it comes to making sure that your glasses and sunglasses are in their best condition!

Maintaining Eyeglasses and Sunglasses

Don’t forget to clean your glasses and sunglasses—You should wash your glasses at least once a day. Although one of your first instincts may be to reach for the bottom of your shirt to clean your glasses, this is one of the worst things you can do to your glasses. Paper towels, tissues, napkins, or shirts can easily scratch the lenses of your eyeglasses or sunglasses. Instead, make sure to rinse off your glasses with water before wiping or cleaning them. Even the tiniest particles of dirt can settle on your lenses, so wiping dry lenses can be abrasive to your lenses.

Use the proper sprays—If you use a chemical to clean your glasses, make sure to use one that is specifically made to clean eyeglass lenses. Do not use household cleaners like Windex, as these chemicals can damage or ruin your glasses or sunglasses.

Handle properly—Store your glasses when you’re not wearing them so that they do not get damaged or dirty. When you go to pick them up, make sure to be careful and grip the piece that comes across the bridge of the nose so that you do not end up bending the frames, and the lenses will still be clean.

Keeping your glasses and sunglasses in good shape is important so that you can keep your glasses for years on end! To learn more about eyeglass maintenance, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Our Eyeglass Guide

eyeglassesAre you having trouble seeing for the first time, or do you feel as if your prescription has changed since the last time you’ve had an eye exam? If you wear eyeglasses or think you may need to start wearing them, our eyeglass guide can help you determine what kind of glasses would suit you most!

Eyeglasses for Every Lifestyle

At Valley Eyecare Center, we have eyeglasses for every occasion, every fashion style, and every lifestyle. Our quiz will help you determine which eyeglasses are perfect for you!

Lifestyle questions—The eyeglass guide will ask you a few questions about your lifestyle—whether you’ve had eyeglasses in the past or whether you’re wearing them for the first time. These questions also include whether or not you need glasses for reading, driving, or watching TV.

Lens questions—Do you need bifocals? Do you use your glasses inside and outside? Do you typically wear prescription sunglasses, regular sunglasses, or do you not wear sunglasses at all? Do you work in front of a computer, or do you work in an industrial environment where you would need more protection in your lenses? All of these questions are important to answer in order to determine which kind of lenses your eyeglasses will need.

Other questions—The eyeglass guide will also ask you a series of questions about whether certain things bother you, such as the glare from the sun or from headlights or the computer screen. If any of those items give you a headache or causes changes in your vision, your eyeglasses can be customized to make sure that your headaches are minimized and you sight is restored.

Find the perfect eyeglasses for you! To learn more about our eyeglass guide, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Importance of UV Protection

eye-careProtecting your eyes from the intense rays of the sun is the most important eye care tip we can give you during the summer. Just as sunscreen is crucial to your skin care routine, sunglasses are equally crucial to your eye care routine.

Sunglasses and Eye Care Tips

UV radiation is harmful to all parts of the body—UV radiation is one of the main causes of skin cancer, but it can also affect your eyes. Contrary to popular belief, the sun isn’t the only source of UV radiation; other sources, such as the light from welding, can also damage eyes. Make sure to cover your eyes with sunglasses or other protective glasses to ensure proper eye care.

Protect your eyes to prevent future eye diseases and conditions—Did you know that wearing sunglasses can help to decrease your chances of developing macular degeneration? Macular degeneration, which is characterized by a blurriness of the eye, can be caused by UV radiation. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses, and keep your eyes out of the sun as much as possible, especially during the hot summer months.

Keep your time looking at screens to a minimum—Short-wave UV radiation can come from the blue light of screens that we use every day. According to a recent study, Americans spend about two and a half hours each day on a computer, phone, laptop, or tablet. If you work by a computer or come home from work and watch TV, make sure to give your eyes a break. We recommend the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, focus on something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Protect your eyes from UV radiation. To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Care Tips for Men

eye-careThis June is Men’s Health Month! Because your vision is so important to your health and wellbeing, we have tailored a few eye care tips to match men’s health issues.

Men’s Eye Care Solutions

Sunglasses are not only stylish but also key to maintaining proper vision—Protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun. Sunglasses are not just accessories; they are a necessity for both men and women, especially in Arizona, where the sun is more intense.

Apply sunscreen if you’re outside for a long time—Whether you’re outside playing sports or running errands, sunscreen can help to protect your eyes, as long as it is applied near the eye. Make sure not to get sunscreen in your eye, and also make sure not to apply it too rigorously, as the skin near your eye is very sensitive.

Take a break and look away from the computer screen—Many men may have office jobs and may stare at a screen for hours on end without even taking a break. We are reminding you to take a break for the sake of your eye health! For every 20 minutes you spend looking at a computer screen, spend 20 seconds looking at something that is 20 feet away. This simple exercise can reduce eye strain and blurry vision!

Eating well can truly make a difference—While there may not be an obvious connection between nutrition and eye care, it is extremely important to make sure that you receive all the nutrients that your body needs. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E are all great nutrients that will benefit your eyes, so you should take care to get plenty of these nutrients in your diet.

Don’t wait to transform your eye care routine! To learn more about men’s eye care, or to schedule your annual eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Care Goals for the Summer

eye-careAs summer approaches, it is important to remember your eye safety and health. At Valley Eyecare Center, we’ve compiled a list of eye care tips for the hotter months.

Eye Care Tips for the Summer

Sunglasses are a must—Sunglasses are important no matter what month it is, but the summer months are especially crucial, as the sun’s rays are more intense during the summer. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, and they are an eye care must!

Wear goggles at the pool—If you’re planning to take a dip into the pool, make sure to bring goggles with you because they can protect your eyes from the chemicals used to keep pools clean. Public pools typically have more chemicals than private pools, so if you’re going on vacation, goggles are especially important.

Schedule an annual eye exam for your child—As the kids get out of school for the summer, it is a great time to take them in to check on their eyes. Your child’s vision can change as he or she grows, so it’s important to make sure that his or her prescription has not changed.

Eat right, and drink plenty of water—Eating right is important in order to maintain proper eye care. Although it may be easy to eat junk food throughout the summer, especially if you’re traveling, make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables so that you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Vitamin A and E both boost vision health, so make sure to get the proper amount of these essential nutrients! Water also helps to reduce eye strain and helps to keep your body properly hydrated and functioning.

This summer, make sure to make your eye care a priority! To learn more about summer eye care tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

sunglassesAs the summer months approach, it is important to make sure that your vision stays at its healthiest form. Since we live in the “Valley of the Sun”, protecting our eyes from the damaging rays of the sun is crucial. This is especially urgent as the weather gets warmer! Protect your eyes this summer with sunglasses from Valley Eyecare Center!

Sunglasses Keep Your Eyes Safe

Just as wearing sunscreen every day is beneficial for your skin, wearing sunglasses every day is helpful  for your eyes! It may seem like common sense to wear sunglasses in the summer, but even just a few moments out in the sun can affect your eyes.

Did you know that sunglasses can even prevent cancer? Up to 10 percent of all skin cancers are found directly on the eyelid, and simply wearing sunglasses can prevent these skin cancers. Do your peepers a favor and make sure to always have a quality pair of sunglasses with you!

Sunglasses can also prevent some eye problems and/or eye diseases. Cataracts, which are categorized as the clouding of the lens of the eye, are caused by UV damages. The damaging rays of the sun may also lead to macular degeneration, in which the eye suffers from blurred vision and even vision loss altogether.

Everyone, regardless of age, should wear sunglasses, especially in a state as sunny as Arizona! Don’t forget to make sure that your children wear sunglasses as well. Many children go outside without sunglasses, but the UV rays damage their eyes in the same way in which they damage an adult’s eyes. As the summer comes closer, it is especially important that children wear sunglasses, as the sun’s rays are more intense during the hottest months.

Sunglasses aren’t just great fashion accessories—they protect your eyes, too! To learn more information about the importance of sunglasses, especially in summer months, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Phoenix optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Sunglasses are a Must in Phoenix

sunglassesWe all know that we live in the valley of the sun, so we need to make sure to keep our eyes protected! As spring approaches, make sure to wear sunglasses throughout all of your activities.

Spring Activities Require Sunglasses

While you’re out enjoying the wonderful weather that comes with spring, keep your peepers safe from the damaging rays of the sun by wearing sunglasses! We’ve listed a few fun activities for you to enjoy this spring.

  • Go to a spring training game—We all love going to a few spring training games! Whether you love the game, the team, or the food, spring training games always make a great weekend activity. Sport your favorite team’s jersey and throw on a pair of sunglasses since you will be outside for a few hours.
  • Hike Camelback—With such nice weather, you may decide it’s a good time to hike up the mountain and see the view of the city from above! Stay hydrated and pack water, and make sure to hike in the morning so that you do not get overheated. Don’t forget your sunglasses to not only reduce the glare from the sun but also to protect your eyes!
  • Have a picnic—Gather up a few friends or family members and enjoy the weather by having a meal outside! Whether you sit directly in the sun or in the shade of a tree, make sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Sunglasses are necessary even if it is a cloudy day, as clouds only block 20% of the damaging UV rays of the sun.

Sunglasses are made for every event in Phoenix! To learn more about our sunglasses at Valley Eyecare Center, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Phoenix Optometrists Recommend Wearing Sunglasses Year-Round

Phoenix_optometristsNo matter the temperature or the season, it’s important to keep your eyes healthy! Phoenix optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center remind you this holiday season to protect your peepers by wearing sunglasses in the winter.

Phoenix Optometrists Recommend Sunglasses for Every Season

No matter what season it is, it’s always sunny in Phoenix. Even if it’s colder outside, the sun can still have damaging effects on your eyes. While your skin may need some sun exposure in order to get vitamin D, your eyes do not need to be directly exposed to the sun.

It is especially important to continue to wear sunglasses in the winter because the winter sun is lower in the sky, so it shines more directly into your eyes than in other seasons. Phoenix optometrists recommend that you bring sunglasses everywhere you go so that your eyes are protected.

The sun’s ultraviolet radiation can cause both short- and long-term damage to the eyes. Cataracts can often be caused by the damaging effects of the sun, as the U.V. radiation will damage the lens of the eye over time. Cataract symptoms typically include blurred or obscured vision, but in extreme cases, vision can be completely lost. Macular degeneration can also come about because of the damage of the sun. Macular degeneration, an eye disease in which the eye can completely lose vision, is also caused by exposure to U.V. rays. Both cataracts and macular degeneration occur over time, so it’s important to take action now, and a simple thing that you can do now is to wear sunglasses in the winter!

Sunglasses aren’t just great fashion accessories—they protect your eyes, too! To learn more information about the importance of sunglasses in all months, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Phoenix optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Get Sunglasses for UV Safety Month

Eye SafetyFrom a young age, we were all taught how important it is to keep our eyes protected from the sun. Today, there are not only advancements in sun protection for our peepers but also countless styles of sunglasses suitable for everyone. While you may choose certain sunglasses in order to be trendy, it is crucial to know exactly what to look for in lenses to ensure maximum eye safety.

Protection

The most important feature of sunglasses is the amount of protection they provide while you’re out in the sun. Too much exposure to UV rays can lead to many eye health issues, such as cataracts, muscular degeneration, and even cancer. To prevent these possible side effects, it is best to look for sunglasses that protect against 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light.

Fit

Style is important when it comes to choosing sunglasses that you will wear every day, but you should keep in mind the purpose for which you are wearing them. The way your glasses fit is crucial to ensure eye safety. If you sunglasses are too large for your face, they may fall easily or leave areas of your eyes unprotected due to misplacement. When looking for the right pair of sunglasses, make sure you can move around without them sliding off your nose.

View

The way your sunglasses look and feel are vital to making sure they are the right pair for you. However, another aspect to take into consideration is the way you see through them. If you wear glasses or contacts, it is best to get sunglasses that work with your lifestyle. Your vision is essential no matter what you are doing or where you are going throughout the day, so always wear sunglasses that support your vision in whatever ways needed.

For more information about UV eye safety or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists, visit our website.