Protecting Your Vision From the Sun

Posted at: 06/14/2013 8:49 AM
By: Scott Doane

Spending time in the sun is always fun during the summer months. But it might take a toll on your vision.

So Dr. Teresa Theobald from Theobald Family Eye Clinic in Duluth stopped by Good Morning Northland Friday. She gave out some advice on what types of sunglasses will protect your vision the best.

Dr. Theobald said wearing sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVA and UVB radiation is the easiest form of protection.  If you're into biking or riding motorcycles, cyclist, she said consider a wrap frame with a foam insert that blocks not only the air current, but additional UV rays as well.

Besides blocking UV rays, Dr. Theobald sunglasses they should also screen out 75-90% of visible light. A simple test for that is to look in a mirror wearing the sunglasses. If you can easily see your eyes, they probably are not dark enough to be comfortable.

Of course, Dr. Theobald said have fun in the sun. But annual eye exams are always important to protect vision. Early detection is crucial to preventing and treating disease.