Optometrists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Jenison, MI

According to the Vision Council, only 31% of Americans wear sunglasses despite the fact that 75% of Americans believe them to be important for their eye health. Allen Smith, OD, and Nicole Gdowski, OD, and their team of optical specialists at Lifetime Eyecare offer a wide selection of prescriptive sunglasses. Located in Jenison, Michigan, their office is proud to offer popular name brands that can protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays all year round. For a consultation and to see their selection of sunglasses, call or schedule an appointment online.

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Why are sunglasses important?

Sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. These rays can burn and damage the tissues of your eyes, just like the sun can burn and damage your skin. UV rays exposure can have both short-term and long-term effects.

There are two types of UV rays:

  • Ultraviolet-A (UVA) – the most prevalent type of light rays, present all year round
  • Ultraviolet-B (UVB) – less prevalent but stronger than UVA rays

It is important to wear sunglasses in every season because both types of damaging UV rays are present all year round. High-quality lenses can protect you from up to 95% of exposure to harmful UV rays, and prevent common eye disorders associated with sun exposure.

What eye problems can UV ray exposure cause?

Prolonged exposure to UV rays can have both short and long-term effects on your eyes. Short-term effects include corneal sunburn and surfer’s eye, which is a condition caused by UV ray and water exposure.

UV ray exposure of your eyes significantly increases your risk for conditions, such as:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Skin cancer of the skin around the eye
  • Pterygium, abnormal growth on the eye related to UV rays and wind

With high-quality sunglasses, you can significantly lower your risk for UV-related eye problems.

What are the benefits of prescription sunglasses?

Even inexpensive sunglasses can benefit your eye health; however, prescription sunglasses offer several additional benefits for improved care for your eyes.

Benefits of prescription sunglasses include:

  • Personalized vision correction and UV protection
  • Customized fit, which means better UV blocking
  • Higher quality UV, UV-A, and UV-B protection
  • Higher E-SPF protection than over-the-counter lenses

In addition to these benefits, Lifetime Eyecare offers specialized anti-glare protection for their sunglasses, which offers additional protection and better vision while wearing your high-quality protective lenses.

What name brands are available?

Lifetime Eyecare offers a wide range of name brand, high-quality sunglass products, which include:

  • Ray-Ban
  • Maui Jim
  • Izod
  • Polaroid
  • Vera Bradley
  • BCBG Max Azria
  • Kate Spade
  • Fossil

The optical team at Lifetime Eyecare is constantly updating their inventory in order to offer the most up-to-date frames, lenses, and protective technology. And with their onsite lab, you can have your prescription sunglasses ready fast.

For your own pair of prescription sunglasses, call or schedule an appointment with Lifetime Eyecare.