How UV Rays put you at Risk and How to Protect Your Eyes
We all know that excess UV exposure can cause painful sunburns and increase your risk of skin cancers. Did you know that the sun can be just as harmful for your eyes?
With summer right around the corner, we want to give you the facts so that you and your family are protected. Just like skin, we can protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Sunglasses are to the eyes what sunscreen is to the skin. Let’s enjoy the sun together safely.
Extended UV exposure is known to increase the likelihood of a variety of eye and vision problems such as cataracts, eye growths, macular degeneration, and skin cancer.
Cataracts are the clouding of the lens of the eye which affects your vision and can be compared to looking through a cloudy window.
Macular Degeneration causes loss in the center of the field of vision and is the leading cause of blindness over age 50.
Pinguecula / Pterygium is also known as “surfer’s eye”, these non-cancerous eye growths usually begin on the clear tissue of the eye and can spread to the cornea. They can cause irritation and even affect your vision!
- Not all sunglass lenses are made equal!
Pay attention to your sunglasses’ level of quality of protection. Make sure to look for UVA/UVB protection in your lenses.
Your sunglasses may be selfie-worthy, but if they aren’t protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, what’s the point? Our advice: skip the cheap and convenient sunglasses. It all comes down to the quality of your sunglass lenses. Sunglasses can be stamped as UVA/UVB blocking and not actually provide substantial protection. Your best bet is to visit a reputable retailer such as your local optometrist and leave those gas station, novelty, or online glasses in the past. Outside of legitimate eyewear retailers, there is no guarantee of authenticity or proper protection.
We’ll give you bonus points for polarization (which cuts glare and adds vividness) and blue light protection (blue light comes from the sun too!). Your eyes deserve the best protection.
- Wear your sunglasses in the winter too!
Snow and water can actually reflect UV rays right back into your eyes increasing your exposure! UVB Rays are highly reflective. It is so important to wear sun protection, especially during winter activities like snowboarding and skiing.
- The sun can be harmful even in the shade.
Your eyes are still vulnerable to UV rays that reflect off of surfaces like sand, roads, and buildings. This is true for cloudy, overcast days, too! UVB Rays are more likely to penetrate on cloudy days
- Even if you are using UV blocking contact lenses, sunglasses are a must.
Your contact lenses only shield those tissues of the eye that they physically cover. Sunglasses are your friend.
- Look for sunglasses that maximize your coverage
Sunglasses with a wrap-around style that fits close to your face and covers more of the sensitive skin around your eyes are great because they limit the ability of uv rays that reach your eyes from all sides. Take the protection a step further with a wide-brimmed hat!
- Don’t forget the kids!
A child’s eye lens is less mature than that of an adult, which means it cannot filter UV rays as easily and can lead to damage of the retina. With outdoor activities increasing during the spring and summer, children are particularly vulnerable to eye damage from the sun. Encourage your children to make sunglasses a habit.
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*Get 20% off non-prescription sunwear or 25% off prescription sunwear when you purchase a full ophthalmic pair of glasses. Cannot be combined with insurance or other offers. Offer valid from June 27, 2020, to July 6th, 2020. Restrictions Apply.
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IRVINE LASIK DAY
See 20/20 in the New Year!
Dr. Wald would like to invite you to a free LASIK consultation with Coastal Vision
$1,200 savings for all attendees!
Ask us about 0% financing for 18 months
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan 28th, 2020, 3-6PM
WHERE: Woodbridge Optometry
4505 Barranca Pkwy Ste C
Irvine, CA 92604
CALL: (949) 857-0676 to schedule your consultation
USE IT. DON’T LOSE IT.
IT’S FLEX SEASON.
Take advantage of those unused flex spending dollars and treat yourself to new eyewear or any other qualifying item!
Come in before December 31st to beat the end of year rush! Also, don’t forget to use your 2019 Vision Insurance Benefits on these qualifying items before they are gone.
Qualifying Items and Services:
- Routine Eye Examinations
- Medical Optometry Services
- Prescription Eyewear
- Dry Eye Drops
- Computer Glasses
- Dry Eye Masks & Scrubs
- Reading Glasses
- Contact Lenses
- Non-Surgical Vision Correction
- Dry Eye Drops
- Vitamin Supplements
As a reminder if you have treatment you have put on hold, now is the time to schedule an appointment to maximize your insurance benefits and use any remaining flex dollars. Call us today or visit us online to schedule an appointment.
Dozens of styles available in 1-Day, Monthly, and Vials.
Get Ready For Halloween with Colored Contacts!
If you’ve never worn contacts before you need to schedule a fitting! Make sure to plan ahead and come in advance.
CAUTION: Do not be enticed by colored contacts sold over the counter or on the internet! Contacts are NOT one size fits all! Any contact lenses sold in the United States at novelty shops, beauty salons, Halloween stores, online, etc. are not FDA approved and are ILLEGAL.
Please remember contacts are a medical device requiring and prescription and fitting by a medical professional.
Here’s Why Contacts Require Medical Professional Help
The Quality of the Dye:
The dye quality is so important. Contact lenses that are not FDA approved may have toxic dyes that can leak into your eye.
Very Little Oxygen Flow:
This can lead to corneal abrasion, swelling, and potentially blinding infections that can leave you with lasting eye damage.
Often these contacts are made from outdated material from the eighties!
We care about your eye health and don’t want you putting your vision at risk. Let us fit you in quality colored contact lenses so you can look AND feel great this Halloween.
Schedule online or over the phone.
In honor of World Sight Day, for every eye exam in October we will contribute to help children with limited access to vision care.
Help a Child to See. Book your exam for October to help vision impaired children.
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Enter to Win a Free SALT Optics Frame.
Entry ends September 30, 2019 @ 12pm PDT. Prescription Lenses are not included. One review entry per person.
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