Summer has come early this year in Oregon – which means it’s more important than ever to find the right pair of shades to protect your eyes from the sun!

Health professionals recommend that people wear sunglasses every day, including when it’s cloudy outside (that’s right – we Oregonians aren’t exempt during those dreary 200 days of the year).

“It is so important to protect the ‘naked’ eyes from the harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses,” stresses Oregon Eye Specialists ophthalmologist Dr. Kelly Chung. “Most of us understand how important it is to protect our skin with sunscreen, but it’s equally important to protect our eyes with protective sunglasses.”

Three expert tips to finding the right sunglasses

The first step to protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays is to commit to wearing sunglasses daily – and the second step is doing research to find the best pair for you. Fortunately, you aren’t in this alone!

Dr. Chung provides a few tips to help guide your decision about sunglasses:

  • “Make sure your sunglasses are rated to block 99-100% of UV A and UV B radiation.”
    Not all lenses are created equal. It’s important to find a pair of sunglasses that are designed to provide full protection against all ultraviolet light.
  • “Consider polarized lenses for time spent on the water or in the snow.”
    Polarized lenses reduce glare by filtering out the sunlight that bounces off reflective surfaces. Be aware that polarization has nothing to do with UV protection – so be sure to double check the UV ratings before purchasing a pair of polarized lenses.
  • “For maximum protection, make sure your sunglasses are the right size and fit well.”
    The right pair of sunglasses will fit comfortably over your ears and should not slip down the bridge of your nose. Larger lenses cover a wider area of skin, decreasing the opportunity for UV penetration.

Ready to find the perfect pair of sunglasses?

At Oregon Eye Specialists, our doctors and retail staff are expertly equipped to help you protect yourself from the sun. Each of our 8 Portland-metro area clinics are connected to a Sight Shop for all of your glasses needs. This next-door service allows each Sight Shop optician to work directly with your doctor to fully understand how to best shield your eyes and to show you the best products available.

The team at Oregon Eye Specialists is ready to help you commit to sunglasses that work for you. Visit one of our conveniently located Sight Shops today to get started.

About the Expert

Dr. Kelly Chung is experienced in complex cataract surgery and advanced lens implant technology, including multifocal, toric and Crystalens intraocular lens implants. For 14 years, Dr. Chung was lead cataract surgeon and director of comprehensive ophthalmology at Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Learn more about Dr. Kelly Chung »