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Donning a pair of sunglasses against the brightness of the sun's rays doesn't just make it easier for you to see -- it also provides crucial protection against dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays. In addition to selecting the proper darkness of tint and the right designer frames to suit your face and style, you must also buy sunglasses that really do block 100 percent of that UV radiation. That's why you should always get your sunglasses at Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian.
Sunglasses can save your sight, not only on totally sunny days but also on cloudy days (when the UV radiation can reflect off of the clouds to present an even more intense threat). Ultraviolet radiation reaches the Earth in two different forms, UVA and UVB -- and both of them can present a clear and present danger to your eyes. UV radiation is associated with cataract formation and the development of macular degeneration, as well as a more immediate (and painful) problem called photokeratitis or "snow blindness." Don't forget that UV rays can also cause skin cancer in the eyelids and around the eyes.
These dangers make a good pair of sunglasses essential -- but what makes for a good pair of sunglasses? Don't make the assumption that a darker tint means better UV protection. Tints block visible light, but they have no effect on the ultraviolet band; in fact, you can do even more damage to your eyes if that darker tint isn't accompanied by appropriate UV protection, because your pupils will be more dilated. That gorgeous pair of sunglasses you found at the mall may or may not filter out 100 percent of the UV wavelengths (which extend up to 400 nanometers).
Primary Eyecare and Optical of Meridian is the smart place to buy sunglasses for your whole family. Our team can make sure you're getting UV 400 lenses, which are capable of blocking out the entire UV range, allowing you to spend as much time outdoors as you like without worries. Our value doesn't end with UV protection. You'll find that we also stock an amazing variety of designer frames in every conceivable shape, size, color and style. Kids and adults alike will love the fashionable choices available at our optical center. We can also equip you with a variety of tint colors and darkness levels, including colors particularly well suited for your sport of outdoor activity of choice. You may also want polarized sunglasses that keep those bright reflections from water, sand or asphalt out of your eyes.