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Choosing the Right Prescription Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes

Prescription Sunglasses

Choosing the Right Prescription Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes From the Summer Sun

Choosing the right prescription sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun this summer is crucial to avoid potential damage from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Proper prescription sunglasses screen out these harmful UV rays and help decrease glare improving safety and comfort. Your Chehalis, WA optometrists, Dr. John Stoddard, OD and Dr. Robert Burrows, OD and their entire optical team will help you select the very best prescription sunglasses for your eye health and lifestyle.

General Info on Prescription Sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses should have 100% UV A and B protection and should be polarized to decrease distracting glare. Gray lenses are usually preferable although brown and green lenses also work well.

Benefits of Wearing UV Sunglasses

UV sunglasses can block the majority of harmful UV A and UV B rays from the sun which can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, skin cancers on the eyelids and even melanomas of the retina.

Types of Lenses Available 

There are several types of lenses available for prescription sunglasses. These include glass lenses, plastic lenses, high index polycarbonate lenses and Trivex lenses. Glass lenses for prescription sunglasses have become less popular recently due to their weight and fragility. High Index Polycarbonate lenses also called CR-39 lenses are lighter than glass or plastic lenses and are often preferable for those who are active.

Trivex lenses for prescription sunglasses are another lightweight option. Transition lens treatment can be added to prescription sunglasses lenses. They are clear photochromic lenses that automatically become darker or lighter depending on the amount of ambient light available in any setting. Polarization can also be added to prescription sunglass lenses to decrease glare. This is especially useful for those who spend a lot of time outside in bright sunlight such as boaters or skiers.

Call Lewis County Eye & Vision Today for an Appointment for Prescription Sunglasses

Call Lewis County Eye & Vision today at 360-748-9228 for an optometrist appointment for prescription sunglasses. Lewis County Eye & Vision is conveniently located at 1179 S Market Blvd Chehalis, WA 98532.


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