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Summer Eyewear (i.e. UV vs Polarized)

To most, summer marks a time for vacations, flip flops, and quality time with family and friends. However, summer also signifies increased exposure to UV rays and sunlight. Sunlight produces UV light rays that are damaging to the eyes, potentially resulting in diseases such as photokeratitis, cataracts, pingueculae, or retinal damage. These rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm but are apparent throughout the day, even when overcast.

Therefore, the correct sunglasses should be used at all times and are imperative in retaining your eye health. An Ultraviolet protected lens blocks these damaging rays from the sun from directly contacting the eye.

However, glare from the sun may continue to cause squinting on those bright summer days. Lenses with a general UV coating are best for use of minor outdoor excursions. However, a polarized lens is specific to sunglass lenses only and deters glare. This type of lens is best for outdoor activity and for time spent near water, snow, or other reflective surfaces. Having the right pair of sunglasses can prevent serious eye problems and eye straing (i.e. bothersome squinting).

When shopping for your next pair of sunglasses, remember to look for the options that best suit you. To find the perfect pair of summer lenses, please contact our office at 310-734- 3446 or visit our website

Dr Kambiz Silani & Hannah Eap Chief Clinical Director & Patient Care Liaison

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