Sunglasses May Damage Your Eyes!

Americans Likely Underestimating The Danger Of UV Rays On Their Eyes, Reports Say.

Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee with both Dr. Warren Johnson and Dr. Do Nguyen want our followers to understand Ultraviolet light better and it’s repercussions on both your vision and skin.  Below are some recent studies that confirm what we tell our patients and why we always recommend total UV protection for your eyes.

The Vision Council has issued its “2016 Vision Report.” which reveals that “three-quarters of Americans are worried about eye damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, but only 31 percent actually take action to somehow protect their eyes” by wearing sunglasses. The report’s authors concluded, “Americans’ lax approach to sunglass use reveals that they are likely underestimating the danger of UV.”

Kim Dramer writes a blog for the Huffington Post, and says “summer sun poses significant issues for eye health and vision.” To protect “vision during the summer months and beyond” from the harm caused by ultraviolet rays, including long-term problems, such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and even cancer, the American Optometric Association (AOA) provides guidelines recommending the use of sunglasses, wearing a hat, and using sunscreen on the skin around the eyes.

In our office, many patients when told of the need for UV protection in their sunglasses, may say “I have a dozen sunglasses with that UV sticker on them.”  These actually may do more harm than good.  All clear lenses have UV protection, so when you see sunglasses with a UV protection sticker on them, beware.  A tinted pair of sunglasses may actually cause more damage because the eye lets more light in than if they didn’t have them on.  Eyewear Gallery’s lab measures the amount of UV protection in all sunglasses that people bring with them.  Unless your eye doctor can determine a measurable amount of UV protection in any sunglasses that you may own, they may do more harm than good.  Don’t use pickup sunglasses you may find at the store because the UV protective claims may not be fully protective and do more harm than good.

In addition, Andrea Thau, OD, “president-elect of the AOA and Associate Clinical Professor at State University of New York College of Optometry, provides an eye health primer for understanding the dangers posed by ultraviolet under the summer sun and all seasons protecting your eye health and vision as well as that of your child during summer vacation and year round.”   Schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information.

Dr. Warren Johnson | Dr. Do Nguyen |



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