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January is Eye Care Month

Hey Southwest Wisconsin, the temperature has been frigid lately but summer will be here before we know it. When thinking of warmer days ahead its never too early to find the perfect pair of sunglasses not only for you but for your ocular health!

Sunglasses have many benefits besides being a fashion accessory. The sun’s UV rays can have devastating effects on your eye! Sunglasses help keep your eyes looking good and seeing well. UV rays can sunburn your eyes and even lead to problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration, pterygium on the eyes and more. A pterygium is a is raised yellow wedge-shaped growth on the white part of the eye due excessive UV radiation from the sun. This can cause significant astigmatism and may even need to be removed if it continues to grow onto your cornea.

Sunglasses are even beneficial when out in the snow! Ever heard of snow blindness? If a person goes without prescription-grade sunglasses and looks at the snow all day, the sunlight reflected off the snow can actually sunburn your cornea causing intense pain and you’ll experience snow blindness for a few days.

So what kind of glasses should you get? The American Optometric Association says you should always be wearing your sunglasses anytime you are exposed to UV. For the right protection, you need sunglasses that block 99% of UVB and 95% of UVA light rays. Polarized lenses are another great option especially out on the lake or river due to them blocking vertical rays reflecting off the body of water to provide you with the sharpest image and least amount of glare.

Being informed about the damaging effects UV rays have on the eyes is the first step in being able to protect yourself. Now that you know all of this information, we hope you take the time to get yourself some prescription-grade sunglasses.

For a wide array of fashionable prescription sunglasses, stop in Fuerste Eye Clinic, conveniently located inside Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your regular eye exam, we’d love to see you for that too!

For appointment or more information, call (888) 582-0769.

Luke Ploessl, OD