How to Choose the Best Sunglasses

Six Things to Consider from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Everyone knows sunglasses make it easier to see on a sunny day, whether out on the road or the water. However, wearing the right sunglasses is also a great defense against ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause short- and long-term eye damage, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

These are the most important factors to consider when purchasing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun:

Summer UV Eye Safety from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

We all use sunscreen to protect our skin, but don't forget to protect your eyes as well. Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer. The same risk applies when using tanning beds, so be sure to protect your eyes from indoor UV light as well.

Will Your Sunglasses Protect You From Serious Eye Disease?

With summer in full swing, the days are longer, the sun hotter, and the threat from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, greater. Georgia Center for Sight and the American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that excess sun exposure can put you at risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems. This is true for young and old, year-round. Prevention is simple. Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation.

Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment

Your ophthalmologist will examine and test your eyes to make a cataract diagnosis. This comprehensive eye exam will include dilation. This means eye drops will widen your pupils.

Slit-lamp exam

Your ophthalmologist will examine your cornea, iris, lens and the other areas at the front of the eye. The special slit-lamp microscope makes it easier to spot abnormalities.

Retinal exam

When your eye is dilated, the pupils are wide open so the doctor can more clearly see the back of the eye. Using the slit lamp, an ophthalmoscope or both, the doctor looks for signs of cataract.

5 Tips to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

Summer is in full swing, which means you are spending lots of time soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm weather! Here at Georgia Center for Sight, we want to give you helpful tips on how to protect your eyes in the summer. Eye protection safety is really important, especially during these summer months where the sun stays out longer and we soak up every minute.

Here are some summer eye care tips:


When should you get LASIK?

Are you considering getting laser eye surgery? LASIK surgery is the most common form of laser vision correction, a surgical procedure using a laser to reshape the eyes. You may be wondering when the best time to get LASIK is. There is no “perfect age” to get LASIK, but the best age to get laser eye surgery is between twenty and forty. During this time, your eyes are most likely to be stable.


Should kids wear sunglasses?

How commonly do you see adults driving down the street with sunglasses on, blocking their eyes from the strong sun ahead of them? Adults very regularly wear sunglasses when the sun is strong, but you rarely see kids wearing sunglasses, even on the brightest days.

Protecting children’s eyes from the sun is so important, as UV damage is more common than we often realize. Especially people with blue eyes, as they are more sensitive to the UV rays than other eye colors.