Friendly Wednesday: Ultra Violet Protection on Eyeglasses

by Hillary L. Rubin of Schmutz in My Head

In most of the United States, this season brings on the cold and wind. Harsh temperatures tend to make us long for the sunnier days that bring warm weather. We often forget during the winter season that, just like in summer, the sun's ultra violet light can cause a lot of harm to our eyes. People also forget about the importance of UV protection on their
eyeglasses. Here are some helpful tips that will help protect your eyes from the sun - even in the winter-time:

More importantly, wear eyewear with a UV coating to protect your eyes. You can put ultra violet protection on any pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses and it's especially important to remember to wear these in the winter time - even if you're just going to your car.

Quality Sunglasses are Important
If you're looking into sunglasses as an option, make sure they are 99-100% effective on blocking out harmful UVA and UVB rays. They should also block out about 75% visible light. If you're looking for clear
prescription glasses, polycarbonate lenses absorb 100% of ultra violet light.

Invest in Gray-colored Lenses
You don't need to spend a lot of money on sunglasses and if you're shopping online, you can even turn
discount eyeglasses into tinted lenses. However, in order get the best protection for your eyes - make sure that the tinted lenses are colored gray. They block out the most light without altering the way you see objects in front of you.

Protecting your eyes is important. Protecting your eyes from ultra violet light is an integral part of warding off diseases and blindness in the eyes as we get older. If you have kids, it's a great idea to protect their eyes as soon as possible. Early protection will help keep their eyes from deteriorating because of the sun.

Hillary Rubin is the director of marketing and special projects for and volunteers with the marketing efforts of She also manages two blogs of her own - Schmutz in my Head: a blog about life; and the ALMOST New Glasers: a blog about getting married. She loves to hear from readers and enjoys reading other blogs. Especially blogs about life AFTER marriage.

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