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family wearing sunglassesWhether or not you require vision correction, sunglasses can add an element of comfort and enhanced performance to your activities, while helping you look great.

UV Protection in Chase, BC

Most people understand that we have to use sunscreen outside to protect our skin from the harmful effects of sun and UV exposure. It is also important to be aware of the risk of sun and UV exposure to our eyes.
Many of the suns harmful effects on the eye are not apparent immediately. Sun and UV exposure increase the risk of developing skin cancer around the eye, cataracts and macular degeneration. Thankfully there are many options available to help protect our eyes from sunlight and UV radiation.
Bright sunlight also creates glare which increases eyestrain, fatigue and can be quite debilitating/distracting. Wearing tinted sunglass lenses or transition lenses that darken outdoors can improve our comfort and visual performance in bright sunlight.
Polarized lenses, which filter out/eliminate any reflected glare/light, are another option that is especially popular when doing watersports, driving on wet roads or playing in the snow.

Protect Your Family from the Sun

It is estimated that as much as 80% of our lifetime exposure to UV occurs before age 18 (according to the World Health Organization). Additionally, in children, the crystalline lens is not as efficient at filtering out UV radiation as in an adult eye. This increases the risk, later in life, of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. It is recommended that children are protected outdoors with sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection and a wide-brimmed hat. Staring directly at the sun or an eclipse can also permanently damage our eyes, leading to loss of vision even with sunglasses on. Prescription eyeglasses can be tinted, have a UV coating filter, or darken outdoors (transition lenses) to protect against UV damage.

Blue Light and Computers

More recently, high energy blue light (in the visible spectrum) has drawn attention as being especially damaging to our eyes. This blue light is present in sunlight and is also radiated from LED light bulbs, smartphone screens, tablets, LED monitors and televisions. This blue light can increase symptoms of computer vision syndrome- leading to fatigue and eyestrain. Blue light can also affect our natural circadian rhythym which can interfere with our sleep. As a result, it is recommended to stay away from screens for 2 hours prior to going to sleep. Presently, tinted lenses are available that filter out blue light or, more commonly, coatings on clear lenses are used that filter out most of the blue light.
Overall sunlight and UV can affect our eyes and we need to be mindful of protecting our eyes. Tinted lenses, sunglasses (including polarized), Transition lenses and UV coatings are all available at Shuswap Optometric Centre to filter out the harmful effects of UV exposure. Children are especially at risk. Our eyes should be protected to preserve our vision for our lifetime.
Arrange your eye exam at our Chase or Slamon Arm office, today. Speak to our staff and eye doctors about UV protect ion for your entire family.

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Please be advised that all office visits including exams, frame selections, repairs, pick-ups, and drop-offs are by appointment only. We are required to wear a face mask in our office and ask that you bring yours to your appointment.

We are happy to serve our patients and community and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible.

Thank you.

The Shuswap Optometric Team