Are Sunglasses Really Needed To Protect The Eyes From UV Rays?

Published: June 11, 2014
Dear Are Sunglasses Really Needed To Protect The Eyes From UV Rays?,

My dad told me it's really important for me to wear sunglasses to protect my eyes. Especially because they are blue. Is it really that important? If it is what kind of sunglasses do I need?


Dear Are Sunglasses Really Needed To Protect The Eyes From UV Rays?,

Wearing good sunglasses is very important when it comes to protecting the eyelids, cornea, lens and other parts of the eye from damaging UV (ultraviolet) radiation.

When purchasing sunglasses look for a pair that clearly state that they block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Do not buy or wear sunglasses that don’t offer any information on UV protection. Remember that the darkness of the lenses have nothing to do with how much UV protection they provide – you will need to check the product description to get that information. It’s also helpful to buy wrap around or close-fitting sunglasses with wide lenses that will provide greater coverage and protection for your eyes.

If you have any more questions or concerns, check with your primary care physician or an eye doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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