We all know the importance of protecting our skin from the sun with sunscreen, but what about your eyes?
Studies show that:
Only about one in four adults consistently wears sunglasses every time they go outdoors.
Seven out of 10 prescription eyeglass wearers rely on their clear prescription eyewear to protect them from UV rays2.
82% of adults make their kids wear sunscreen. But only 32% make their kids wear sunglasses.
Up to 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV rays occurs before age 18.
How to protect your eyes from UV rays:
Clear Lenses: Ask your eye doctor to recommend a lens material that provides full UV protection.
Clear to Dark or Polarized: Self-tinting or photochromic lenses are clear indoors and dark outdoors. Polarized lenses cut glare and enhance color contrast. Both options typically offer full UV protection but be sure to check with your eye doctor.
Sunglasses: Not all dark or tinted lenses block UV rays. Look for the “100% UVA/UVB” or “UV400” labels. If you’re not sure – ask your eye care professional for guidance.
Wrap Around Frames: Consider larger frame styles that wrap around your face to provide the best coverage and side protection.
Pair up: Take advantage of your VSP member second pair discount and other offers by selecting prescription sunglasses with 100% UV protection.
Don’t Forget the Little Ones: Children’s eyes are still developing and are especially vulnerable to UV radiation. Fit them with 100% UV protective sunglasses and a hat.
Annual Comprehensive Eye Exams: It’s important an eye doctor monitor your eye health – including for potential UV exposure related issues.
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