The Three Things Your Glasses Need To Fully Protect Your Eyes

Posted on: 27 May 2017

Glasses can help in correcting your vision, but they can also protect your vision from damage and harm. If you're not getting the following add-ons to your next pair of eyeglasses, you could be putting your eyes and vision at risk.

UV Coating

Even without transitioning lenses or sunglasses, eyeglasses can do a lot to protect your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. The lenses in your glasses can have an anti-ultraviolet ray coating applied to them, which will filter out the vast majority of UV rays before they reach your eyes.

This is an important thing to consider, since UV rays can be a hazard even on cloudy days. In addition, you're not necessarily protected indoors, since UV rays can penetrate through most glass. It's not always practical to be wearing sunglasses, but if your standard glasses offer UV protection, you've already won the battle.

Blue Light Filtering

Another consideration for your next pair of glasses is blue light filtering. Blue light is a form of light that is generated not only by the sun, but from most computer and phone screens. Blue light can be hazardous to vision and could play a role in macular degeneration, which is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over age 50. While apps exist to turn down the amount of blue light that's emitted by computer and phone screens, it tends to make the screen appear dim or give it a reddish tint. Blue light filtering glasses, on the other hand, don't affect the image you're seeing - they just keep harmful light from getting to your eyes.


Lastly, make sure that your lenses in your next pair of eyeglasses are being manufactured out of a shatterproof or shatter-resistant material. Even if you're not playing sports or engaging in other high-intensity activities, shatter-resistant lenses could mean the difference between unharmed eyes and severely injured eyes in case of an accident. In cars, for example, if an airbag were to burst in order to protect you in a crash, the impact to your face could cause standard lenses to shatter. The shattered glasses could potentially cut your eyes, leaving you in danger for losing your vision. Shatter-resistant lenses may pop out of the glasses upon impact, but they won't break into tiny shards that can seriously harm you.

Your eyes deserve to receive the very best protection from the elements and injury. Make sure that your next pair of glasses include these three protective measures for the sake your eyes and your vision.