As much as you might look forward to a bright and sunny day, your eyes might not be as happy. Even in the winter months, you may need some protection from the sun's rays shining on the snow and ice.

Henderson Eye Center in Henderson, TX, provides sunglasses and other tools to meet your vision needs. Dr. David McDonald and Dr. Barbara McDonald understand the needs of East Texas residents. Here's what you need to know about sunglasses.


Why Do You Need to Protect Your Eyes?

It is important to protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Both UVA and UVB rays can damage your eyes over time. An optometrist can recommend sunglasses that protect your eyes.

When your eyes are not protected, UV rays can cause cataracts. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque, leading to reduced vision and difficulty reading. Cataracts can be removed, but they cannot be completely reversed.

Additionally, UV rays can also cause retinal damage. Unfortunately, this damage cannot be reversed. Your eyes can also become sunburned. Photokeratitis is a sunburn of the cornea, and it can have lasting consequences that require you to see an eye doctor for treatment.

As you can see, it is much easier to prevent sun damage to your eyes than to try to fix it later.

How Can You Protect Your Eyes from the Sun?

You can protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of all UV rays. You want to ensure the lenses you choose can protect against UVA and UVB rays. An eye doctor can help you determine the strength of the sunglasses you should wear.

You should also make sure you wear polarized lenses, which can filter glare. These types of glasses are great for outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, driving, and jogging, because they keep you from squinting and limiting your vision.

Find Sunglasses and Learn More About Your Vision Needs

Henderson Eye Center in East Texas provides a variety of sunglasses and other optometrist services. If you are looking for an eye doctor in Henderson, TX, contact Dr. David McDonald and Dr. Barbara McDonald today at (903) 657-1539 to discuss the protection your eyes need all year.

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