Sunglasses aren't just something you should wear in the summer. UV rays can damage your eyes year-round. Over time, UV exposure can damage your vision and increase your risk of developing cataracts and other eye diseases. At West Village Eyecare Associates in New York, NY, we will help you find sunglasses that provide the protection you need.
Choosing the Right Sunglasses
A pair of sunglasses can be a fashion statement, especially if you find the perfect frames. However, it's important to remember that the main purpose of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from UV damage. Your sunglasses should fully protect your eyes from both UVB and UVA rays.
Even though sunglasses typically have dark lenses, the protective coating that protects eyes from UV rays is actually clear. Darker lenses, like gray and brown, are well-suited to everyday use. Sunglasses with lighter lenses, like yellow or amber, work well for low-light conditions and winter sports.
It's also important to find sunglasses that are the right size. Since larger lenses cover more of your face, they provide better protection overall. Wraparound lenses can block UV rays from the side and are a great option for people that are outdoors for long periods. We will help you select sunglasses that are right for you.
Sunglasses with Prescription Lenses
While you can wear clip-on lenses over your normal eyeglasses, we also offer sunglasses with prescription lenses. After your eye exam, you can choose your favorite frames and have them made with tinted lenses. There are many options to choose from, including mirrored prescription sunglasses and sunglasses with polarized lenses.
Our sunglasses offer UV400 protection, which means they're capable of blocking out close to 100% of UV light. We also offer alternative options, like glasses with photochromic lenses. These lenses are transparent under normal lighting conditions, but when they're exposed to sunlight, they darken, giving your eyes the UV protection they need.
Many people are reluctant to invest in prescription sunglasses, even if they can't see clearly with normal sunglasses. While it can be a hassle to carry around sunglasses, the UV protection they provide is invaluable. Wearing prescription sunglasses can also prevent eye strain and headaches. If you wear glasses, or if you would like sunglasses with certain features, like an anti-glare coating, make sure you talk to us about your options.
Make an Appointment with Our Optometrists in New York, NY
Whether you're due for an eye exam, need a new pair of frames, or are looking for sunglasses that offer better protection, West Village Eyecare Associates can help you find exactly what you're looking for. Call our team today at (212) 242-6592 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.