5 Considerations When Buying Your Sunglasses

grantcochrane sportsSpring has sprung in the Triangle! Here in North Carolina, especially In Raleigh and Durham, we know the first day of spring is often the start of warmer weather and sunnier days.

While it’s nice to see spring again, at Park Ophthalmology we are keenly aware that sunlight is the main source of UV radiation, which can cause damage to your eyes without you being aware anything is happening. Multiple studies show that long hours in the sun without sunglasses will increase your chances of developing eye problems, including cataracts. Even low amounts of sunlight can increase your risk.

As the earth tilts itself more closely to catch the sun’s rays here in Central Carolina, be sure you’re protecting your eyes from the harsh glare by wearing sunglasses every chance you can get. While any set of sunglasses is better than not wearing them at all, there are five considerations before you go out and buy a pair:

  • Complete UVA/UVB Protection: Look for a label or sticker and make sure that the lenses block 99 to 100 percent of UVA/UVB rays or have UV 400 protection. The label might also say that the lenses meet ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements, which is an industry standard.
  • Polarized Lenses: If you spend a lot of time on the lake or at the beach, consider polarized lenses, which reduce glare by filtering out sunlight that reflects off surfaces such as water. Note that this has nothing to do with UV protection, but can still can help prevent squinting.
  • Lens Quality: The price can often make the difference. Inexpensive sunglasses aren’t going to have the same clarity as a pair with high quality lenses.
  • Size Counts: If you don’t mind the feel, choose wraparound sunglasses, which block light from the sides, offering the broadest protection against UV damage.
  • Check the Fit: Sunglasses should be comfortable, yet fit snugly around your nose and ears. Choose a pair that fits close to your face around your eyebrows.

Extra tip: It’s important to note that UV eye damage is cumulative over a lifetime, so be sure your children have eye protection as well.

While we’re always happy to see our patients, by choosing the right pair of sunglasses, you’ll be less likely to stop in at Park Ophthalmology with a serious problem. Have a nice spring!


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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