Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays with Sunglasses

The days are longer and we’re enjoying a bit more sunshine. While that means we get to spend more time outside, it’s important to take some time to ensure you’re protecting your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

One of the biggest concerns with the sun and eyesight is that extended exposure to UV rays that can damage your eyes. Cataracts, macular degeneration and pinguecula and pterygium are all risks associated with prolonged exposure.


UV radiation can damage lens proteins in the same way that oxygen triggers harmful oxidative reactions in the lens which cause cataracts.

Macular Degeneration

A condition that comes with age due to extended damage to the retina. UV radiation is said to contribute to the damage, so protecting yourself should help prolong your eye health.

Pinguecula and Pterygium

Growths that can appear on the surface of the eye. They can be caused by irritated eyes from dryness or extended exposure to the sun (UV rays).

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help protect your eyes (and vision) from dangerous UV rays:

  • Look for sunglasses that block 99% – 100% of both UVA (long waves) and UVB (short waves) light.
  • Use polarized lenses or add an anti-reflective coating that can provide additional protection by reducing the amount of the sun’s glare that reaches your eyes.
  • Don’t stare directly at the sun and be careful from reflections from the water, sand and pavement.
  • Schedule regular eye exams to monitor eye health and to speak with a doctor about any concern you may have about UV rays and vision health.

Enjoy the nice weather, but make sure to protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays. If you have any questions about which sunglasses can protect you best—don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Hakim Optical location—we’re now open and always happy to help!

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All of our stores have a wide selection of sunglasses, so stop by your nearest location and let one of our licensed optometrists help you select the perfect pair for your needs.

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