Sunglasses Specialist

Scarbrough Family Eyecare

Optometry located in Traverse City, MI & Beulah, MI

Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory — they protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. You can prevent sun-related eye problems and look great doing it thanks to Edward Scarbrough, OD, and the selection of sunglasses at Scarbrough Family Eyecare in Beulah and Traverse City, Michigan. To learn more about the importance of sunglasses to your eye health, call or schedule an appointment online. Or, just come in and browse the selection of designer frames at the optical shop.

Sunglasses Q & A

How do UV rays affect your eyes?

You’ve probably gotten a sunburn before, and you’re probably aware that spending too much time in the sun without protection can cause skin cancer. However, you may not be aware that the sun’s UV rays can also cause problems with your eyes, and protecting them from sun exposure is just as important as protecting your skin.

UV exposure puts you at increased risk for eye problems including:

  • Cataracts: “Cloudiness” of your eye’s lenses, which affects many older people but may be more common among people with prolonged sun exposure
  • Macular degeneration: An age-related eye condition that can cause a loss of central vision, which may result in part from sun exposure over time
  • Photokeratitis: Similar to a sunburn, but affecting your eyes, a temporary but painful condition that appears within a few hours of unprotected sun exposure

Sunlight is good for you, but it’s also important to protect your eyes. Even if the sun doesn’t bother you, exposure to UV rays can still be damaging.

What protection can sunglasses provide?

The best way to prevent the harmful effects of UV exposure on your eyes is making sure to wear sunglasses with 100% protection from UV rays when you’re outside. In fact, you shouldn’t save them only for sunny days. It’s a good idea to have them on throughout daylight hours, even if it’s cloudy because UV rays can find their way through the clouds.

In addition to UV protection, you may find it much more comfortable to be outdoors when you wear sunglasses. It’s frustrating having to squint all the time, and some people are especially sensitive to brightness and glare. Wearing sunglasses during the day can also help you adjust more easily to darkness.

How do I know what sunglasses are right for me?

The optical shop at Scarbrough Family Eyecare offers a wide selection of designer sunglasses, and there’s sure to be a pair that suits you. Sunglasses are available with and without a prescription.

In addition to frames, you can pick out different lens tints and features that suit your needs, including:

  • Polarized lenses, which are great at reducing glare
  • Anti-reflective coating, which stops light from reflecting off the back of your sunglasses
  • Gradient lenses, great for driving and hiking, are darkest on top, shielding your eyes from sunlight while allowing you to see things in front of you clearly
  • Multifocal sunglasses, offering both sun protection and vision correction for complex refractive errors like presbyopia

To schedule an eye exam and get a lens prescription, call Scarbrough Family Eyecare today or use the online booking tool. If you’d like to browse the selection of sunglasses, simply walk into the optical shop.