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Sunglasses for Macular Degeneration: Protection, Polarization and Prescription
April 26, 2023

Sunglasses for Macular Degeneration

Protection, Polarization and Prescription

Our family is heading out to the beach this weekend in sunny Florida. Between spending time on the beach, on the golf course and at the swimming pool, one thing you will find all 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.

But when both of our daughters commented on how much they loved their new polarized sunglasses, I thought perhaps others may not be aware of how helpful this feature is for those with macular degeneration.

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.

Did you know that one of the most common symptoms for those with macular degeneration is increased glare?

Although not everyone's vision benefits from polarized sunglasses most people find that they help to reduce eye strain especially when you are near water, sand, or snow.

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:

Sunglasses for Macular Degeneration

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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