Sunglasses Specialist

David R. Frazee, OD -  - Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist

David R. Frazee, OD

Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist located in Richardson, TX

Spending time outdoors is among the most powerful ways to boost your overall health and wellness, but it’s important to protect your eyes from damaging ultraviolet rays while enjoying a day in the sun. Dr. David R. Frazee believes that purchasing and wearing quality sunglasses is an integral part of preventive care, and something that everyone should consider. There are plenty of warm, sunny days in Richardson, Texas, and sunglasses allow you to enjoy those days while also protecting and preserving your vision.

Sunglasses Q & A

by David R. Frazee, OD

Why is it so important to wear sunglasses?

The sun provides much of what we need to survive, including our body’s ability to produce vitamin D. When it comes to your eyesight, however, Dr. Frazee emphasizes that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Excessive ultraviolet exposure can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and even pterygium, which is a condition where tissue grows over the white part of your eye and alters its natural curve.

Even short-term overexposure can cause damage, such as photokeratitis, a kind of eye “sunburn” that often accompanies a long day at the beach.

What is the most important thing to look for when buying new sunglasses?

While shopping for sunglasses, Dr. Frazee suggests that you look for options that block 99 or 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. According to a survey by the American Optometric Association, 41% of people do not even check the level of UV protection before they buy a new pair of sunglasses.

The fit is also important; you shouldn’t wear glasses that don’t fit well. Look for sunglasses that provide plenty of coverage and that sit close to your eyelashes, but not so close that your lashes brush against the lenses when you blink.

Wraparound sunglasses are a great way to block rays that can sneak in around the edges of your lenses, and are also helpful for protecting your eyes from the wind, sand, and other debris.

Fortunately, there are many different types and styles of sunglasses that will protect your eyes while also fitting your style.  

What are some popular sunglass options?

Dr. Frazee suggests prioritizing UVA/UVB protection above other considerations but also looking for sunglasses that work well for your lifestyle and needs.

When you shop for a new pair of sunglasses, you’ll find a wide range of options offered by different brands. Some provide enhanced vision, while others are simply more stylish.

Polycarbonate lenses provide excellent impact protection, and they are great for sports and dangerous workplaces. Polarized lenses have a special finish that reduces reflected glare, and are great for use near water or snow.

There are “blue-blocking” lenses that make it easier to see objects in the distance in snowy or hazy conditions, and they are good options for skiers, hunters, or watersports. Schedule your next eye exam online, and during that visit be sure to ask Dr. Frazee to help you find the best sunglasses for your lifestyle.