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LAKE OSWEGO VISION - David A. WolfWhether you plan to buy prescription or non-prescription sunglasses this season, it's important to get lenses that keep your eyes safe from harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays.

UV rays are a form of radiation and they alter cells. UV damage is cumulative over the course of your life, so make sure children always wear sunglasses outdoors!

UV damage raises the risk of developing eye diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and even cancer of the eye and eyelids.

Non-prescription sunglasses offer the same protection as prescription glasses, provided that they have equal UV protection and lens size.

Lenses that darken when exposed to light are also a good option. The early Transitions lenses darkened too slowly for many users, but the newer ones change quickly and are useful in situations where the sunlight and glare change often.

A few other tips:

1. Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays

2. The darkness or color of lenses don't affect eye safety.Unless treated, dark lenses do not block out UV rays better than other tints.

3. With sunglasses, bigger is better. Wrap-around shades that offer side protection are especially good choices.

At Lake Oswego Vision Clinic, we carry the highest-quality frames from the top designers, with a wide selection in every price range.

Our eye care professionals are extensively trained to help you select the perfect framefor your face and lenses that will protect your eyes.

Come in and try on some frames to get the process started.

Lake Oswego Vision Clinic

15480 Boones Ferry Road.

Lake Oswego, OR