Anyone spending time outdoors is at risk for eye damage from the sun’s UV rays. To protect yourself, wear good quality sunglasses or sunglass readers.
UV rays, or ultraviolet radiation, are invisible rays that are part of the energy that the sun beams down on us everyday. Extended exposure to UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts and macular degeneration.
There are three categories of these invisible UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. While the UVC rays are blocked by the earth’s atmosphere, UVA and UVB rays are not and these are the two that we need to worry about.
The best way to protect your eyes while outdoors from the sun’s harmful UV rays is to wear a good quality pair of sunglasses or reader sunglasses.
Look for sunglasses and sunglass readers that block 100 percent of the harmful UVA and UVB rays. This level of protection is know as UV400 and is usually labelled as such.
The only way to assess the protection of reading sunglasses is to have the lenses measured, either by the manufacturer or by a properly equipped optician. All reading sunglasses that we sell are tested in house using our own UV meter, to ensure that the lenses meet UV400 standards.