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Choose the Best Protective Sunglasses

        The sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) are the most hazardous to our eyes. Unprotected eyes can become victim to cataracts, macular degeneration, night blindness and cancerous/ noncancerous growths in the eyes.
        Good quality protective sun-glasses don’t have to be expensive. The smart shopper looks for these features to get the BEST vision protection for their money:
Ultraviolet light (UV ) blockage
An effective pair of sunglasses must block at least 98% UV rays—otherwise don’t buy them. In fact, more harm is done to your eyesight with poor quality or non-UV blocking sunglasses than not wearing sunglasses at all.  Non-UV blocking sunglasses fool the eyes into dilating and allowing even MORE sunlight into the eyes—causing vision damage. Because vision damage is cumulative it’s best to wear good quality sunglasses from a young age—however it is never too late to start protecting your vision.

Polarization means Glare Reduction. Make sure your sunglass lenses are polarized. Rays of sunlight do not travel in a straight line—they bounce back and forth from one reflective surface to another. Glare is caused from the sun’s rays bouncing off of shiny surfaces—especially from glass, water, snow, sand and grass.

Lens Color
The color of sunglass lenses affects depth perception, clarity and can lessen glare. Most sunglasses have grey lenses. Grey is the most neutral color: it does not distort color or affect contrast.  Brown or green lens may affect color accuracy, but also increases depth perception, contrast and clarity. Avoid red, yellow or orange colored lenses.

Weight, durability and comfort are all factors to consider when you buy your sunglasses. Look for glass frames that are made of nylon, they are light weight and durable. Try to find larger lenses that will keep the sun from shining into your eyes over the top/sides of your glasses. Wraparound sunglass frames are the best to keep the sunlight and dust out of your eyes.

Inter Valley follows Medicare guidelines and Medicare does not cover prescription or OTC sunglasses.

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