When you spend any amount of time outside, your eyes face a number of risks. It is a good idea to wear sunglasses for eye protection when you are outside during the day. Whether you wear glasses or contacts, our eye doctor can give you an eye exam and recommend the right sunglasses for you. If you are considering a new pair of sunglasses or it has been a while since your last eye exam, contact Fountain Valley Optometry in Fountain Valley to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dao.


UV Eye Protection

One of the biggest dangers to your eyes outdoors is the UV rays that come from the sun. These rays can cause a host of eye problems that can be avoided with sunglasses. UV rays can cause cataracts to form as well as cause them to worsen. It can also cause macular degeneration to develop. Many people experience eye strain when they are trying to see outside when the sun is out. This can cause eye fatigue. For the best protection, it is smart to wear sunglasses every time you go outside during the day.

Wind and Debris

Other dangers include the wind that blows into the eyes and the debris it carries. When the wind gets into the eyes, especially on a windy day or at a windy time of year, it can cause the tear film on the front of the eyes to evaporate quickly. This can cause a condition called dry eye. Dry eye can be painful and lead to several symptoms like red eyes and blurry vision. Sunglasses offer excellent protection against the wind and its drying effect.

Where there is wind, there will often be debris. Small particles are blown around by the wind and can lodge themselves in the eyes. This is a common occurrence that can be painful and irritating. It can also cause the cornea, the front part of the eye, to get scratched. This can lead to foggy vision and even infections of the eye. Sunglasses effectively keep debris from reaching your eyes.

Prescription Sunglasses

If you wear glasses, getting prescription sunglasses is a must. They are easy to use with glasses, allowing you to switch back and forth easily. They ensure that you still see well when you wear your sunglasses. To get prescription sunglasses, you need to get an eye exam so that you will have an up-to-date prescription.

Contact Our Optometrist in Fountain Valley, CA

If it has been a while since you had an appointment with an eye doctor, now is a perfect time. Call our team at Fountain Valley Optometry today at (714) 210-2393 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dao.