Have you invested in protective eyewear to keep your eyes safe? The types of eyewear you have will depend on your activities as well as your visual needs. Computer glasses are used to protect the eyes from damaging blue light rays. Sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful UV rays that can damage your vision and cause cancer. There is even a special eyewear for playing sports. When it comes to the eyes, one thing is clear: they must be protected. At Optical Masters, find out what protective eyewear options you have and how protective eyewear can help keep your eyesight sharp for years to come!
Some of the most common vision problems are nearsightedness and farsightedness. With nearsightedness, objects far away are blurry. Farsightedness is its exact opposite; objects up close appear blurry. This has to do with where your eye focuses light: in front of the retina or behind the retina. The retina is the inside part of the eye where light is interpreted and information is sent to the brain. The brain will then create the images that we see. One of the most common reasons our patients seek eyeglasses is to correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness. Investing in glasses early-on can help keep your eyesight in check.
What do you do to protect your eyes beyond just regular glasses? Invest in a proper pair of sunglasses! Sunglasses are a must if you are venturing outside, especially if it’s often. That’s because of the damage the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can do to the eyes. UV rays are a major risk factor for skin cancer according to the American Cancer Society. Did you know that UV rays can also affect your eyes? Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause eye cancer as well as eye damage in the forms of cataracts and macular degeneration. Both of these are conditions that worsen over time, and in the case of macular degeneration, visual problems cannot be reversed.
When it comes to proper protective eyewear for sunglasses, you must get a pair that blocks at least 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays. Many pairs of glasses that you can buy at convenience stores solely provide shaded glasses, but not ones that actually block different rays of light from the sun. When you come to Optical Masters, you can be sure you’ll receive protective eyewear that keeps your eyes completely protected from harmful sun rays. Depending on the amount of time you spend in the sun, you can receive different kinds of sunglasses to fit your needs. One of these types is polarized sunglasses.
We offer polarized sunglasses for sports. These help filter glare, helping your eyes to be more comfortable during sports, when you’re on the water, running, biking, driving and more. Your glasses can be made to cover the space on the sides of your face as well as right above and below your eye in order to block out more sunlight. Most athletic pursuits require optimum visual capabilities. Sports glasses help ensure that you have the vision necessary to support your peripheral vision, your depth perception, and your hand-eye coordination.
For your sports glasses, we recommend our Polycarbonate Lenses. This material is one that is virtually unbreakable, making it so you don’t have to worry about breaking the lenses in high-contact sports. Polycarbonate is thinner, lighter, and stronger than glass and can actually take a hit from a 12-gauge shotgun at close range without shattering. The material is also flexible. When seeking protective eyewear for sports, you can be sure to receive a lens that can help protect you from dangerous UV rays while also improving the speed, clarity, and accuracy of your vision in sports.
With technology ever advancing, the world is using more and more digital screens in the forms of tablets, smartphones, LED televisions, fluorescent and LED lights and more. However, with these devices, we find traces of blue light. Blue light is one of the sun’s damaging light rays that can seriously damage your eye health. Blue light has a short wavelength, which means that it carries more energy with it. According to research, when blue light hits your eye, it creates a glare that can reduce visual contrast and affect how well you see and how clearly. Exposure to blue light can cause headaches, eyestrain, physical and mental fatigue, and can even cause macular degeneration over time.
Macular degeneration is serious, as it is an incurable eye disease. Certain wavelengths of light (such as blue light) deteriorate the central portion of the retina or the part of the eye that helps you see. The higher your exposure to this light, the higher your chances are for macular degeneration, which leads to blindness. You can protect yourself by investing in protective eyewear such as computer glasses. These glasses will allow you to see clearly while blocking out harmful blue light.
At Optical Masters, we know just how important it is to take care of your eyesight. When going out in the sun, participating in sports, or spending time on digital devices, protective eyewear is a must! Glasses can keep your vision healthier for longer and can help you avoid common eye diseases. If you need protective eyewear, call our office today at Optical Masters for your pair of glasses.