Outdoor Activities & Eye Health: The Role of Polarized Lenses & Prescription Sunglasses

Jul 1, 2023 | Eye Health Info

Outdoor activities are a great way to stay active and enjoy nature, but did you know that they can also have an impact on your eye health? Exposure to UV rays and glare from the sun can cause a range of eye problems, from temporary discomfort to long-term damage. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to protect your eyes, such as wearing polarized lenses and prescription sunglasses. 

Benefits of polarized lenses 

Polarized lenses are specialized lenses that are designed to reduce glare and improve visual quality. Polarized lenses work by blocking horizontally polarized light, which is a type of light that reflects off surfaces such as water or snow. They are especially useful for activities like fishing, boating, and skiing, where glare can be a significant hazard. Polarized lenses also enhance color contrast and clarity, making it easier to see details and contours. Many popular brands of sunglasses offer polarized lenses, and they come in a range of styles and colors to suit different styles.  

Benefits of prescription sunglasses 

While polarized lenses are helpful for reducing glare, they don’t necessarily correct your vision. If you wear prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses will allow you to see clearly while still protecting your eyes from UV rays. Prescription sunglasses come in a variety of styles and can be made to fit your unique prescription needs, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing your vision. They are also available with polarized lenses to help reduce glare from reflective surfaces like water or snow. 

The importance of regular check-ups 

While polarized lenses or prescription sunglasses are essential for outdoor activities, it’s still crucial to get regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are healthy. Your eye doctor can identify any potential eye problems and offer advice on how to protect your eyes during outdoor activities. This advice may include recommendations on the type of sunglasses suitable for your eye conditions. For example, people with light sensitivity may require a different type of lens or frame.  

Other tips for protecting your eyes 

Other than wearing sunglasses, some additional ways to protect your eyes include wearing a wide-brimmed hat and staying indoors when the sun’s UV rays are strongest. Also, avoid looking directly at the sun, even when wearing sunglasses. When participating in water or snow activities, consider wearing goggles to protect your eyes from irritants like salt, chlorine, or pool chemicals. 

At Spring House Eye Associates, we offer a range of polarized lenses and prescription sunglasses to help you protect your eyes while enjoying the great outdoors. Our experienced optometrists can help you select the best options for your individual needs and provide personalized advice on eye care and protection. Book an appointment today in Spring House or Glenside and start enjoying the great outdoors with confidence and comfort. 

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