Winter Sun Protection for Your Eyes

VDSMedia600_03B68781During the summer months, Arizonans are often painfully aware of the sun, the heat and the importance of ultraviolet eye protection. Most people know that you shouldn’t forget to don your sunglasses before heading out to the pool or the lake to protect your eyes from the harsh summer sun. However, some may not think about the need for UV protection while enjoying the outdoors during the winter. It’s just as important to wear sunglasses when heading up to the mountains to play in the snow. The thinner atmosphere at Arizona’s higher elevations filters significantly less UV Rays and snow on the ground can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays back towards your eyes.

So what can you do about it?

If you wear clear prescription glasses or non-prescription sunglasses make sure that they actually block UV light. Certain lens materials such as polycarbonate naturally filter out UV light. Also UV coatings can be applied to lenses to accomplish the same goal. Glasses don’t have to be dark to filter out UV light, and just because glasses are dark does not necessarily mean that they block ultraviolet rays. UV light is not visible to the naked human eye, and you can’t tell if glasses are blocking UV light just by looking through them. If you are not sure, many eye care and optical professionals have devices to check glasses for their ability to filter UV.

So if you are going out to hit the slopes or just to build a snowman with the kids, don’t forget to protect your eyes from the sun!

Dr. Jake Hiscox O.D.

Any  eye concerns or issues  from winter sports, please contact Tucson Optometry Clinic at 520-885-2052

Kids and Eye Exams

Tucson Optometry Clinic offers eye exams for children starting at the age of 4. We recommend eye exams when children are young because it helps with their many skills needed for school when learning and growth.  Impaired vision can affecVDSMedia300_03C06409t a child’s eye/hand coordination. We examine their near & distance vision, focusing skills, peripheral, eye movement and teaming. Some states require an eye exam before beginning school. You can visit the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus website for state by state codes.

Our knowledgeable staff has experience with children and their eye exams. Keeping their comfort level is our highest priority. Please call our office with any questions and we would be happy to setup an appointment for you.