Protect your eyes from summer sun
You owe it to your eyes. It is essential for everyone to protect their eyes from the ultraviolet radiation (UV) no matter what age. The cumulative nature of UV radiation can be harmful and affect the front of the eye including the eyelids and cornea as well as the eye’s own lens and retina. Exposure to UV radiation is closely linked with corneal sunburn, pterygium, forms of eye cancer and cataract. Children’s eyes are vulnerable to a higher transmittance of UV radiation because the lenses in their eyes are clearer.
Most people agree that sight is the sense they rely on most. In addition to slip, slop and slap, include sunglasses and take care of your eyes. Ultraviolet intensities in the New Zealand summer are extreme on the international UV Index scale. A critical time for potential damage is when the sun is low, occurring early and later in the day as the UV rays hit the eye at an angle. Much of sun damage is through scattered light, from clouds and light that is reflected from surfaces such as buildings, concrete, the ocean, sand and car bonnets.
Sunglass frames that are close fitting and wrap around provide more coverage than an optical frame delivering greater UV protection. Call in to Visique Naylor Palmer and Eye Spy to discuss which solution suits your lifestyle. Whether you spend time on the road, outdoors at work, a golfer or keen cyclist, prescription lenses can be fitted to your sunglass frame providing more comfortable and optimum vision.
Digital surfacing technology has allowed prescription lenses to be made in wrap around sunglass frames without compromising optical performance which occurred in the past. Sunglasses can be readily made in prescrip- tion single vision and multifocal/ progressive lenses with high prescriptions. Many are indistinguishable from high fashion or sports sunglasses. Visique Optometrist, Brian Naylor often hears how thrilled patients are when collecting their specialised sunglasses stating they wished they had those years ago.
Visique Naylor Palmer and Eye Spy Optometrists use global leading technologies in lenses. Our eyes are faced with three challenges on a daily basis; UV rays, glare and eye fatigue. Today we have more options than ever before to prescribe and customise your solution.
Polarised lenses block blinding glare, bringing more colour and clarity whilst highlighting depth and dimension. Various coloured lens tints perform better in different light conditions. Copper or brown lenses are particularly use- ful in improving contrast on grass and against blue skies being popular among golfers. Transition lenses adapt to the light conditions – from brilliant blue skies to overcast conditions. By blocking 100 per cent of UV radiation and reducing glare, transition lenses allow your eyes to stay relaxed and comfortable all day long.
Through wearing UV coated lenses, you are not only protecting your eyes but also the areas around your eyes where you may not be able to apply sunscreen. Crizal coated lenses provide comprehensive UV protection and are approved by the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Crizal coated lenses are unique as they protect against UV rays reflected from the back of a lens.
Many sunglasses sold in New Zealand fall short of the recommended UV protection standards. When shopping for sunglasses you need to know what you are looking for. It’s worth spending a bit of time, making sure that you’re getting quality. For the latest trends and best advice visit Visique Optometrists.
It is vital to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun.