Most of us know to apply sunblock to our skin if we are going to spend even a little time outdoors to protect ourselves from sunburn and skin cancer. Protecting your eyes from the burning rays of the sun could be even more important. T

The sun bombards us with damaging ultraviolet light (UV) and high energy blue light (HEV). Some of these rays can cause wrinkles and eventually cancer on the delicate skin of the eye lids. They can burn your cornea, the clear window on the front of your eye, causing pain, redness, foreign body sensations, extreme light sensitivity and even temporary blindness. Over time, exposure to UV can trigger a thickening and yellowing of the conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the outside of your eyeball. Inside the eye, long term UV exposure can lead to cataract formation. Deep within the eye HEV can irreversibly damage to your retina, the nerve rich lining at the back of the eye. (Link to Eye Exam – Parts of the Eye)

Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement. They offer comfort to sensitive eyes. Ground and polished optical quality lenses, with specially formulated ultra violet and visible light filtering characteristics can heighten contrast and improve your vision. Sunglasses with your prescription or without, can protect you eye lids, the front of your eyes and the structures inside your eyes from the burning rays of the sun. All this and you’ll look cool too!

The experts at Parrelli Optical® can help you choose the perfect sunglass for your lifestyle.