3 Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunglasses

Excuse me while I look fabulous - dog in UV protection sunglasses

By Amber Dabrowski, NCEENT Optical Center Manager

Sunglasses are a stylish fashion accessory. At North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat we offer trendy sunglasses that protect your eyes. Below are three reasons why you should own a pair of proper fitting pair of sunglasses.


The sun’s harmful rays can lead to serious, and in some cases, long term health issues. According to the American Optometric Association, the long term effects of UV ray exposure to the human eye can be linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and a number eye diseases including skin cancer around the eyes. Your sunglass lenses should offer at least UV 400 protection.  Some of the $9.99 sunglasses will have a sticker offering 100% UV protection, but do not actually provide that level of protection.


Sunglasses help to cut glare from your windshield when driving. This is especially important when driving towards the sun during morning sunrise and afternoon sunset.  We also stress the importance of polarized lenses because they are best at reducing glare.


If you’ve had LASIK, PRK or cataract surgery, your doctor will recommend that you wear sunglasses immediately after the procedure and that you continue wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes as they heal.


Sunglasses provide the best protection when they fit properly. Sunglasses that are too loose, don’t conform to the face, or do not fit your nose correctly can cause unnecessary UV exposure to your eyes and skin around the eyes


Our North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Optical Centers in North Durham and Cary only stock 100% UV protected sun wear.  Visit our optical centers from April 1 to June 30 and receive $25 off non-prescription and $100 off prescription sunglasses. Ask our licensed opticians about finding the best pair of sunglasses for you.