The Importance Of UV Protection

UV or Ultra Violet Protection should be the most important item when selecting a pair of sunglasses. That’s because UV radiation from the sun can not only damage the skin of your eyelid but also the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye. It can also contribute to the development of certain types of cataracts.

Don’t be deceived by color or tint when choosing a pair of sunglasses with maximum UV protection. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens  While both plastic and glass lenses absorb some UV light, UV absorption is improved by adding certain chemicals to the lens material during manufacturing or by applying special lens coatings. Always choose sunglasses that are labeled as blocking 99-100% of UV rays. Some manufacturers’ labels say “UV absorption up to 400nm.” This is the same thing as 100% UV absorption.

The EyeDefend Outrigger by Optx 20/20 is more then just a stylish pair of sunglasses. (Even though they are very fashionable). This pair of hip outside readers offers a wrap style type frame that provides 100% UVA and UVB protection from those deadly sun rays. They also offer a bifocal right on the lens to make reading outside, not only comfortable and easy on your eyes for reading but safe for them as well.

Remember to keep your eyes healthy by staying away from any frame that is labeled “cosmetic” and doesn’t offer clear UV protection information.  You only have one set of eyes and if you don’t properly protect them, only bad things can occur.

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