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Sunglasses are more than a fashion accessory and can protect your eyes from irreversible damage done by the sun. The right sunglasses can also make it easier to do the things you love, including driving, fishing and boating, golfing, and participating in other outdoor activities. Whether you need sunglasses to wear with your contact lenses, or you need prescription sunglasses custom made for your needs, you can trust the Somerset optometrist at Franklin Family Eyecare to help.
Without adequate protection, your eyes are exposed to UV rays that can potentially contribute to the development of serious eye diseases, including cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis, and pterygium.
While cataracts almost always develop in aging patients, exposure to UV rays can hasten the development and patients may require surgery to remove clouded lenses and the implantation of an artificial lens sooner than they would have needed to.
Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the very center of the retina, called the macula. This is responsible for your central vision, and macular degeneration that goes undiagnosed and untreated can cause permanent damage to the retina and irreversible loss of vision.
Also known as a "corneal sunburn," photokeratitis is a painful condition caused when the sun actually damages the cornea. This may cause temporary vision loss, but the condition is treatable and the cornea typically heals over time with the help of an experienced eye doctor.
Pterygium is common in individuals who work outside in the sun and can be aggravated by not having proper UV protection over the eyes. This condition causes the clear layer over the white part of the eye, known as the conjunctiva, to grow. In some cases, it may grow towards the cornea and partially cover it, leading to vision impairment until the pterygium is surgically removed.
Although sunglasses help protect the eyes from potentially serious eye conditions and irreversible damage caused by UV rays, there's no reason that sunglasses can't also be fashionable and comfortable to wear. At Franklin Family Eyecare, our eye doctor will work with you to determine whether you need non-prescription or prescription sunglasses, and will make recommendations to our on-site optometry professionals who will help you pick out a frame that suits your needs and complements your features. We offer a wide selection of high quality frames, including both affordable and designer frames, so you can choose sunglasses that you'll love to wear.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with an experienced eye doctor and learn more about how sunglasses can help protect your eyes and give you the best possible vision in a variety of situations. We provide comprehensive eye exams, contact lens exams, children's eye exams, and eye disease management for the whole family. We serve Somerset, Manville, Bridgewater Township, and Franklin Township in NJ. Call us at 732-412-7328 to book your appointment.