The risk for developing a number of eye-related problems, including cataracts and macular degeneration, is higher for those who wear inexpensive, low quality sunglasses.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 13, 2014
According to Sophia W. Barnes, O.D., head optometrist at Houston's Vision Corner, the risk for developing a number of eye-related problems, including cataracts and macular degeneration, is higher for those who wear inexpensive, low quality sunglasses. Vision Corner carries the highest quality sunglasses and recently added more styles to its inventory, including the Costa Del Mar 580 lens.
Barnes emphasizes that not all sunglasses are the same. Higher-quality sunglasses do tend to be a bit more expensive than low-filter lenses and consumers should expect to pay more for sunglasses that protect the eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. "We carry Maui Jim, Costa Del Mar and Oakley," Barnes says. "These companies put a lot of money into research and development, so you are paying for the quality and optics. Price does matter."
"Sunglasses are to be worn year round especially, in Houston, Texas where the sun shines 360 days a year. Children with larger pupils are at greater risk for UV exposure and should also wear sun protection," says Barnes.
Blue tech polarized lenses help block out UV rays as well as blue-light wavelengths, the kind currently found in LED lights, computers and even smart phones. Long-term exposure to blue light can significantly increase the risk of retina-related problems. UV rays are harmful not just for the eyes, but also for the skin. Prolonged exposure to UV rays may lead to skin cancer down the line. "You can prevent these problems with the right pair of sunglasses," says Dr. Barnes says. Transition lenses, though they've grown quite popular, don't necessarily protect the eyes inside the car, meaning a separate pair should be worn when driving. Vision Corner also provides custom polarized clips that slip over lenses and deflect harmful light from reaching eyes and damaging them.
Vision Corner is located in Houston, TX at 5000 Westheimer Suite 590. To learn more, visit visioncorner.com or call (713) 623-2000.