North Cascade Eye Associates helps patients select eyewear that will offer the best UV protection and reduce the risk of future vision problems.
Mt. Vernon, WA – The eye doctors at North Cascade Eye Associates pride themselves on their commitment to continually improving and protecting the vision of their patients. In a recent blog post, titled “Protecting Your Eyes from UV Damage,” the practice makes sure its patients are well informed on how to care for their eyes during the upcoming bright summer months.
While the eye doctors recognize many of their patients already know they should be protecting their eyes from the sun, they want to ensure their patients are also informed about the best methods of protection as there are dangers from the sun that some people may not consider. “Believe it or not, your eyes can actually sunburn too,” the blog post reveals. “You can burn your retina from direct sun exposure, and retinal damage is always going to cost you.” The post also highlights that just as continuous UV exposure causes one’s skin to age faster, the same is true for the eyes, increasing the risks for developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
Sunglasses still remain the best way to protect the eyes outdoors, but the doctors stress that not all sunglasses offer the same degree of protection. “You need to make sure your lenses say they have 95% to 100% UVA/UVB protection,” the blog post states. “A lot of lenses may say something about ‘UV absorbing’ or blocking, but those statements aren’t regulated and might mean it only blocks 50% of UV light or less.” The blog entry also notes that clear prescription lenses can be made to provide UVA/UVB protection.
At North Cascade Eye Associates, optical services include these protective prescription lenses as well as lenses with an anti-reflective coating to help ensure patients’ eyes remain healthy and comfortable in the sun for years to come.
About North Cascade Eye Associates
North Cascade Eye Associates is a state-of-the-art eye care practice with offices in Mt. Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, and Stanwood, WA. Established over 25 years ago, several highly-experienced LASIK surgeons and eye care specialists contribute their expertise to the practice and are dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of eye care services and procedures. The doctors of North Cascade Eye Associates travel abroad on various international mission trips in order to provide care to patients in need all around the world. In addition, North Cascade Eye Associates remains an active leader in the community by participating in the National Eye Care Project and Safe Harbor Free Clinic, funding the Excellence in Education Scholarship, and hosting the St. Jude Fun Run.
For more information about North Cascade Eye Associates, visit ncascade.com and facebook.com/2020forever.
North Cascade Eye Associates
2100 Little Mountain Ln
Mt Vernon, WA 98274
2131 Hospital Drive
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
26910 92nd Ave NW #C6
Stanwood, WA 98292