According to a recent piece in TIME magazine, a study was funded in 2014 by the U.S. National Eye Institute, looking to measure the impact of UV radiation’s long term effect on eye health. This study found that, without protection, UV radiation can damage the eye’s lens, which in turn “can raise a person’s risk for cataracts”.
“When you don’t wear protection, ultraviolet radiation you cannot see is penetrating the eye, and the eye structures are very sensitive to it,” says Dr. Rebecca Taylor, a Nashville-based ophthalmologist and a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The back of the eye, called the retina, has a delicate central area known as the macula. “If you put a target in the center of the retina right behind the pupil, the macula would be the bull’s-eye,” Taylor explains. “And when light comes into the eye, it hits that macula like a laser beam.”“How Wearing Sunglasses Actually Impacts Your Eyes, According to Science“, by Markham Heid (TIME August 26th, 2019).
Sometimes, choosing a pair of sunglasses comes down to sacrificing fashion for convenience. The opposite is also true, in that protection is also sometimes sacrificed for fashion. Whoever you may be, and whatever you may like, the most important factor to consider when buying sunglasses is the amount of UVA and UVB light blocked by the lenses. Ideally, 99%-100% of UVA or UVB light should be filtered out.
Call or stop by Blink Optical today to see more frames from our collection. If there’s a brand we carry but a model you like is not in stock, we can order almost any frame, and install almost any lens. With Blink Optical, there is no sacrificing style for safety.