Why Use Sunglasses?

Dr David Mitchell, OD, discusses why adults and kids should use sunglasses.

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Dr David Mitchell, OD, discusses why adults and kids should use sunglasses.
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Featuring Dr. David Mitchell, OD

Duration: 52 seconds

The purpose of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from ultraviolet.

So whether they be prescription sunglasses or non- prescription sunglasses we know that ultraviolet is a precursor to macular degeneration and also can lead to cataract development.

Because of this, sunglasses are important for everybody, including children and probably especially children. Most lenses these days are made of plastics, so to absorb the ultraviolet there's a coating on the lens. Now over time this coating can degrade a little bit, and it may be necessary to recoat a lens as time goes on.

If there's ever any question about the quality of the tint or the level of protection that you might be receiving, lenses can be put through an ultraviolet meter to determine just what the level of protection is, and most optometrists will have this at their disposal.

Presenter: Dr. David Mitchell, Optometrist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Optometrist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.