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Posted on 05-15-2017

Why Sunglasses Help Protect Your Vision in Fairfax, VA and Rockville, MD

As your optometrist in Fairfax and Rockville, we get all types of questions regarding eye care, eye diseases and everything vision related. We appreciate the opportunity to share our knowledge of vision-related topics, and that, in part, is the reason for these blogs. Many times some seemingly simple questions cause us to pause for a moment. One such question is “Why do sunglasses help?

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Sunglasses in Fairfax, VA can Help How You Feel

Let's be honest. The reason why many choose to wear sunglasses is they help them look and feel good about themselves. That's why our eye doctor in Fairfax carries such an extensive line of designer style frames to help you achieve the look that fits your style, facial shape, and features. While sunglasses are indeed a great fashion accessory, appearance is not the major reason sunglasses help.

Sunglasses Help Screen Harmful Rays from the Sun in Rockville, MD

The major purpose of wearing sunglasses is to protect eyes from UV (ultraviolet) rays. UV rays can have negative effects on vision including cataracts, which is a clouding of the eye's lens that blurs vision. This is a significant problem in that some 20% of cataract cases are believed to have been caused by UV Rays. Sunglasses can also screen out “blue light” which can lead to macular degeneration as we age.

Sunglasses Can Minimize Refractive Strain on the Eyes

Because sunglasses minimize harmful rays and shade the light entering the retina, it relieves some refractive strain on the eyes, making it easier and less stressful to enjoy the outdoors. Squinting is diminished and sight is less stressful.

Make an Appointment with Your Optometrist in Fairfax or Rockville Today

As your eye doctor in Fairfax, we would recommend you wear quality sunglasses whenever spending extensive time in daylight. Keep in mind that harmful rays can penetrate clouds easily so that means wearing sunglasses are even helpful even when it may not be a brightly sunlit day. We can help you with frames and lenses that protect your eyesight, make it more comfortable to enjoy the outdoors and look good doing it. Call your optometrist in Fairfax, VA, and Rockville, MD at Dr. Howard Budner & Associates. For our eye doctor, Fairfax families trust call (703) 691-8008. The Fairfax office is located at 4084 University Drive Suite #204 in Fairfax, VA. Call our Rockville, MD optometrist at (301) 871-0180. Our Rockville offices are located at 4110 Aspen Hill Road, Suite #300 in Rockville, MD.

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