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Sunglasses for Macular Degeneration: Protection, Polarization and Prescription
April 30, 2024

Sunglasses for Macular Degeneration

Protection, Polarization and Prescription

Summer has started where I live which means my husband and I are spending lots of time outdoors at the pool, the golf course and the pickle ball court. One thing you will find both of us wearing is a pair of good sunglasses.

There are several different purposes for wearing sunglasses. Of course the most obvious one is protection from UV light. Sunglasses can protect our eyes and vision from the damaging effects of ultra violet and blue light.

Sensitivity to glare or experiencing discomfort around bright lights is not uncommon for those with macular degeneration. According to the Macular Foundation, "The scars in the eyes act as a mirror reflecting light internally within the eye. This causes light sensitivity and glare as well as haziness in the vision."

Polarized Sunglasses for Reduced Glare

While almost all sunglasses provide UV protection, not all of them offer polarization. A polarized lens uses special material that helps to block glare.

Glare can be a problem and can interfere with clear vision for those with normal vision. Glare is an even bigger problem for those with macular degeneration and can actually be temporarily blinding when there is bright light.

Although not everyone's vision benefits from polarized sunglasses most people find that they help to reduce eye strain especially when one is near water, sand, or snow where the sun reflects off the surface.

Maximize your vision and improve your visibility when you are outdoors by making sure your sunglasses are polarized.

Find out what sunglasses are polarized, what's the best lens tint and what sunglasses are available to wear over your prescription glasses:

The Best Sunglasses for Macular Degeneration

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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