Sunglasses are the perfect summer fashion accessory, but more than that they are important for healthy vision. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight can cause significant damage to your eyes, and you’re especially at risk if you use certain skin creams or antibiotics, or if you have light colored eyes, like blue, hazel, or green. Children are even more susceptible to UV-related eye damage. Here are 4 tips for selecting the right sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Check your sunglasses for a consumer-protection label stating they’re 99-100% UV-absorbent or provide UV absorption up to 400 nanometers (nm).
Bigger frames and lenses, and also wrap-around styles, give you more UV protection because they block peripheral rays.
Gray lenses are a very popular color of sunglass lenses. Why? Gray lenses allow the color of objects to be seen in their purest form. Green and brown lenses are good options to help protect your eyes, too.
Lens enhancements can increase your eye comfort when you are wearing your sunglasses. Three lens enhancements to consider are:
There is still time to enjoy summer with sunglasses that not only look great but protect your eyes as well. Find a VSP eye doctor near you to set up an appointment to discuss what sunglass options are right for you. Save money on your prescription sunglasses or light-to-dark tinted glasses by selecting an affordable VSP vision plan.
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Healthy vision association discounts
Some plans can only be accessed through membership in the Healthy Vision Association (HVA), which helps its members see well and stay healthy.
For $1.50/mo, your membership will give you access to exclusive discount programs* on everyday goods and services including:
Plus, your membership supports vision-related charities too.
*All rebates and special offers are subject to change