Prescription Sunglasses From Your Eye Doctor

Prescription sunglasses are one of the best ways to protect your eyes on bright and sunny days. Whether you work outdoors or you are just relaxing at the beach, having some additional eye protection is a great way to keep your vision healthy. Next time you stop in for an eye exam, make sure to ask your eye doctor about the benefits of wearing shades.


Let’s take a look at how wearing prescription sunglasses can help keep your vision strong.

Sunglasses and Eye Care

Our friendly staff at Eye and Contact Lens Center recommend wearing sunglasses when you spend long periods in sunlight. UV radiation that comes from the sun can cause pterygia, cataracts, macular degeneration, or vision loss.

UV rays are a spectrum of light that is not normally visible to humans, but can still damage your eyes. Cataracts are one of the signs of overexposure to UV rays, and can be detected by eye exams. However, they are not reversible and lowers the quality of your vision. Glasses that block out UV rays help protect your eyes on sunny days just like suntan lotion protects your skin.

If you have questions or concerns about the health of your vision, talk to our optometrist in Kirkland today.

Some Options to Consider

Not all sunglasses are the same. The best way to find out which are right for you is to speak with your eye doctor. Here are a few varieties to consider: 

  • Regular: Traditional sunglasses can be found at just about any store. Make sure to look for ones labeled “UV 400” for the most protection.
  • Prescription: Prescription shades are an excellent choice for people who regularly wear their glasses. They are a great part of a healthy eye care routine.
  • Clip-On: Clip-on attach directly onto your existing glasses. They do not have prescription lenses, but you should still talk to your optometrist to make sure you find the right fit for your existing frames. 
  • Wrap Around: These sunglasses wrap around and over your existing frames. Wrap around can be an excellent option for people who play sports, as they are usually very secure and do not fall off. 

Get Your Sunglasses at Eye and Contact Lens Center

At Eye and Contact Lens Center, we take pride in having the best services and optometrist in Kirkland. If you'd like to find out more about prescription sunglasses, give us a call today at 425-822-8204!

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