Sunglasses are a must for most San Diegans, especially during the summer. While some sunglasses serve as a fashion accessory, their most important function is to protect eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Sun exposure can damage the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye. Cataracts and macular degeneration are some of the problems that can develop without proper eye protection.
The Mayo Clinic suggests protecting your eyes by looking for sunglasses that: • Block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays • Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light • Have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortions and imperfections • Have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition
If you need to discuss eye care or the treatment of an eye disorder or disease, talk to your primary care physician or schedule an appointment with a Sharp Community Medical Group ophthalmologist.