Sunglasses Specialist

Bridge Opticians

Optometry located in Fort Lee, NJ

While sunglasses make a great fashion accessory, they also provide critical protection for your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight. At Bridge Opticians in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Harrison Rosenberg, OD, offers prescription sunglasses in a wide range of styles. His team of opticians can help you choose the most flattering frames and lens options to meet your needs. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Sunglasses Q & A

Why should I wear sunglasses?

You know that the UV rays in sunlight can damage your skin and lead to skin cancer, but did you know that those rays also contribute to a wide range of eye diseases that can interfere with your vision?

That’s why the American Optometric Association recommends that you always wear sunglasses when outside during the day.

In addition to protecting your eyes from UV rays, sunglasses also block blue light. They also make your vision more comfortable, reduce squinting, and make it easier for you to adapt between bright and dark environments.

What eye diseases are caused by sunlight?

The UV rays and blue light in sunlight contribute to several eye diseases, including:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Pterygium

UV rays can accelerate the breakdown of the proteins that comprise the lens in your eye, leading to premature clouding that can impair your vision. Blue light is known to contribute to macular degeneration, a type of retinal damage that destroys your central and detail vision.

Pterygium is a type of tissue growth that can develop on the white part of your eye and contribute to astigmatism.

What should I consider when selecting prescription sunglasses?

One of the most important things to consider when you’re purchasing sunglasses, whether they’re prescription or over-the-counter fashion glasses, is whether they offer UVA and UVB protection. You should only choose sunglasses with lenses that block 99-100% of these harmful rays.

You should choose frames that cover your whole eye area for complete protection of both your eyes and the delicate skin that surrounds them.

You may also want to consider photochromic lenses for your daily wear eyeglasses. Photochromic lenses change from clear to shaded depending on the amount of light in your environment.

They protect your eyes and increase your comfort without having to change your glasses when you go indoors or outdoors.

The opticians at Bridge Opticians can help you choose flattering frames and answer your questions about the different types of lenses and lens treatments available for sunglasses.

Whether you want prescription aviators or dramatic cat-eye frames, they can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Call Bridge Opticians or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about prescription sunglasses and how to protect your eyes from the sun.