An important component of caring for your vision is protection from the harmful rays of the sun. In addition, quality sun wear provides greater comfort for outdoor activities. We carry polarized sunglasses and prescription sunglasses. The Optical Shop of Maryland Eye Associates carries a variety of sun wear, such as BCBG, Bolle, Brooks Brothers, Carrera, Chesterfield, Ellen Tracy, Geoffrey Beene, JMC, Juicy Couture, Serengeti, and Swoon.
- Ultraviolet Radiation: UV radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It is invisible to the naked eye. These wavelengths are classified as UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA and UVB penetrate the atmosphere and is believed to play a role in conditions such as eye damage (including cataracts), premature skin aging, and skin cancers. Most UVC is absorbed by the ozone layer and does not reach the earth.
- Transitions: Lenses that automatically adjust from clear to dark. They also reduce eye strain and eye fatigue. Transition lenses block 100% of UVA/UVB light.
- Polarized: Sunglasses which are polarized eliminate glare by reducing its blinding effect. They are great for driving because they filter out glare that reflects off roads and the hood of your car. Polarized sunglasses are a favorite for fishermen as they help to filter out surface glare so they can see fish clearer. Normal sunglasses only decrease the intensity of light and make things seem a little darker. There is a simple way to test to see if your polarized sunglasses are truly polarized. While sitting at your computer, hold your sunglasses by the temples (the pieces that go behind your ears) as if you are going to put them on. Then turn them at an angle until you see the lenses become dark. This assures you that your sunglasses are polarized. Out Optical Shop will be happy to assist you with your sunglasses. Just bring your sunglasses to our Optical Shop and we will verify if you are wearing polarized lenses. If we made your polarized lenses, you can be assured it truly is polarized.