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Doctor insights on: Downside To Wearing Sunglasses

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When do I need to wear sunglasses?

Non specific: If you are blinking with brightness, then wear a hat or visor, or sunglasses- or keep in the shade. All are personal choices. ...Read more

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Should I put sunglasses on my child?

Should I put sunglasses on my child?

Yes: Yes protect your child's eyes as well as skin from the sun's rays. ...Read more

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Is wearing sunglasses all the time bad?

Lack of contrast: I do not recommend it in situations where contrast sensitivity would be affected. For instance don't drive at night wearing sunglasses. ...Read more

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Should I wear my sunglasses when in a convertible?

Should I wear my sunglasses when in a convertible?

Probably: You wear sunglasses to block out bright sunlight and this is more likely in a convertible with the top down. They might also help keep stuff from blowing into your eyes. By all means if they help you, wear them. ...Read more

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Is it medically harmful to wear sunglasses at night?

Is it medically harmful to wear sunglasses at night?

Not at all: The only real danger is not being able to see what is around you. This is similar to the old wive's tale that reading in dim light is harmful to the eyes. As long as you can see well enough to get by, sunglass wear is not dangerous. ...Read more

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What kind of protection should the sunglasses provide?

What kind of protection should the sunglasses provide?

Uv light: Uv light can be uncomfortable and harmful for the eyes. Almost all sunglasses are made for filtration out of this type of light. Glass is especially good for this., your optician can made recommendations if this is a critical need. ...Read more

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Can using sunglasses the whole day improve your vision during night?

Can using sunglasses the whole day improve your vision during night?

No: While wearing sunglasses on sunny days to protect your eyes is an excellent idea and will protect your eyes from uv rays, it will not actually "improve" your night vision. Protecting your eyes on sunny days may help with adapting to low light situations, but after 15-30 minutes you vision will have adapted sunglasses or not. Over the long term, not wearing sunglasses can cause some eye damage. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why sunglasses change my vision over contacts?

Can you please explain why sunglasses change my vision over contacts?

Light input: Wearing the sunglasses in creases the pupillary size and can alter the focus a little due to this fact. Contacts can provide excellent correction and there can be a slight improvement or decrease with the sunglasses. Not a big effect and not harmful. ...Read more

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Light sensitive, how should I be allowed to wear sunglasses in class?

Light sensitive, how should I be allowed to wear sunglasses in class?

Light tint: You can use lightly tinted glasses while in the classroom. It should take the edge off of bright lights and glare. Choose your seat and location to minimize glare. ...Read more

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Sunglasses: i feel like the ones I have now aren't providing enough protection. Any suggestions?

100% UV-A and UV-B: Look for the label that says it protects 100%. If needed get ones that wrap-around. ...Read more

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Is there somewhere I can take regular sunglasses from any store and get perscription lenses for them?

Is there somewhere I can take regular sunglasses from any store and get perscription lenses for them?

Optometrist: Your optometrist or ophthalmologist should be able to make lenses for any frames you might have. Keep in mind that, unless you are buying expensive ones, sunglasses these days tend to be rather flimsy and somewhat disposable. Better to get a high quality (and stylish) set of frames from your eye care provider. ...Read more

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I use 400uv sunglasses every time I go out in sun.I'm kinda dependent on it. At night others car headlight beam is causing me discomfort.is it OK?

I use 400uv sunglasses every time I go out in sun.I'm kinda dependent on it. At night others car headlight beam is causing me discomfort.is it OK?

I don't know why: ...you have such sensitivity to light. You would need a thorough eye exam by a licensed practitioner to find out. Cataracts are a common cause of light sensitivity but, unless the person is born with them, they seldom cause problems to anyone less than 40 years of age. I urge you to get an eye exam. ...Read more

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Do sunglasses adversely affect your vision?

Do sunglasses adversely affect your vision?

No: They can make vision better in bright light and improve comfort as well. They might protect the eye somewhat against uv light. They will not cause a decrease in your underlying vision. ...Read more

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How can I manage sunglasses and regular glasses?

Transitions: Some patients who find two pairs of glasses inconvenient can use transitions glasses which darken in the sunlight and lighten inside. ...Read more

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How can I tell if sunglasses have uv protection?

Label: Most sunglasses have a sticker or the tag indicates the level of u-v protection. ...Read more

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What if I don't wear my post mydriatic sunglasses?

What if I don't wear my post mydriatic sunglasses?

No harm: These are to provide comfort with the dilated iris. If you do not wear them you might have some discomfort from the light but no harm will be done. ...Read more

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How would you know if your sunglasses provide uv protection?

How would you know if your sunglasses provide uv protection?

Sunglasses & UV: The best sunglasses should block 99% to 100% of uva & uvb radiation. Always check the label before you buy. Labels that say “uv absorption up to 400 nm” or “meets ansi uv requirements” mean the glasses block at least 99% of uv rays. Those labeled “cosmetic” block about 70% of uv rays. If there is no label, don’t assume the sunglasses provide any uv protection. Dark "sunglasses" may not block uv. ...Read more