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Choosing Sunglasses: Why UV Protection is Important

Most people know that the sun’s rays are bad for our skin, but did you also know they’re just as bad for your eyes?

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can increase your risk of developing serious eye problems, like cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancers of the eye. Various skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinomas, and even melanomas can occur on the eyelids, on the surface of the eye, and even inside of the eye.

Studies have shown that high-quality sunglasses can help reduce the risks associated with overexposure to UV light. To protect your eyes from the sun’s rays, it’s important to look for sunglasses that are:

  • 100% UV-absorbent for both UVA and UVB rays
  • Close-fitting, to protect your eyes from every angle

One common misconception is that a black lens will be sufficient enough to block UV rays.  However, lens color and its degree of darkness have nothing to do with the sunglasses ability to block UV rays.

Proper sunglasses can also help to reduce excessive UV radiation from reflective surfaces like water, snow, road surfaces and even car windshields. These surfaces can reflect a great deal of light and can also cause significant eye damage over time.

So before you head to the ball game, start up the boat, or hit the garden – make sure you grab those shades!


KSB Lawless Eye & Vision Center will be hosting a Sunglasses Sale on Wednesday, June 27th from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Stop by and visit with professionals to find your perfect pair!

A variety of stylish frames will be available at a 40% discount, on name brands like:

  • Ray-Ban
  • Coach
  • Vera Bradley
  • Kate Spade
  • Juicy
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Ducks Unlimited

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