At MacQueen Eye Care Center, we have years of experience helping Chicago residents meet their vision care needs. We provide services that include general exams and the identification and treatment of eye conditions. We also carry a wide selection of stylish and functional eyewear and will help you select the perfect pair of glasses. No matter the time of year, there are countless benefits to wearing sunglasses. We will help you select the perfect pair of sunglasses based on your medical needs, lifestyle, and fashion preferences.
Sunglasses for Eye Safety
Summer is a great time for a new pair of sunglasses. They bring not only style but eye protection. However, not all sunglasses are not created equal. Research suggests that ultraviolet rays may damage vision later in life. Excessive UV exposure may harm the macula. Overexposure to the sun can also contribute to the development of eye diseases including macular degeneration and cataracts. We recommend wearing sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB light.
Polarized lenses are excellent for glare reduction. Those who've had refractive eye surgery, such as LASIK, find these sunglasses particularly useful. Brown or amber lenses enhance contrast; brown, gray, yellow or, green lenses work well for lessening color distortion; gray lenses offer a proper color definition. If you like to spend your free time outside, consider investing in a pair of polarized sunglasses.
Find Your Perfect Pair of Sunglasses
Studies from The American Optometric Association and The Vision Council of America note that the effects from UVA and UVB radiation are cumulative over an individual's life. It is wise to teach kids the importance of vision protection and proper eye care. If you already sport prescription eyeglasses, especially a pair with polycarbonate lenses, then you'll find that these offer a bit of built-in UV protection, as do transition eyeglass lenses.
The AOA recommends sunglasses that are free of distortion and imperfection, perfectly matched in hue, screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light, and block 99 to 100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation. Engage in potentially eye-hazardous sports? Consider lenses crafted from polycarbonate, which provides the greatest impact resistance. And for those who enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors, wraparound frames offer added protection. Our optometrist will consider your preferences and lifestyle when helping you select the perfect pair of sunglasses.
Optometrist in Chicago
If you are looking for prescription sunglasses in Chicago, contact MacQueen Eye Care Center today. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (773) 586-8444.