Preserving Eyesight With Sunglasses for Seniors (sponsored)
Oct 29, 2017 01:45PM
● By Donna Hawley
Maple Grove Pearle Vision / Maple Grove Eye Doctors (photo by Maple Grove Voice)
Though the visual proclivities or one’s past and disease may have taken its toll, it is vitally important to the quality of life to preserve what is left of your eyesight.
The eyes need our care to prevent future ravages of light that we now know contribute to cataracts and retinal problems. It is the opinion of our doctors that we should do our very best to protect any vision that we have.
Some reasons that seniors may not be wearing sunwear might include a tighter budget, no previous history of wearing or not part of their belief.
Cataracts usually sneak up you. You may be aware of a bit more glare increasing with time. Diminishing the light with sunwear is an immense help at this point.
There is no definitive time to have cataract surgery, except when the patient reaches their frustration level. After surgery, colors are bright and vivid!
As we age, the tissues in our body retain less moisture. The eyes are dryer, too, which can scatter light and cause a haziness. Also, the clear tissues in our eyes discolor to some degree and pupil diameter is reduced, therefore, reducing light.
Hence, the need to prevent moving air from drying the eyes, we need proper fitting sunglasses such as ones with larger lenses (maybe a wrap style) and copper colored polarized lenses which tend to be lighter. Since lighter lenses are optimal for seniors having difficulty adapting from light to dark, anti-reflective coating on both sides of the lens will increase transmittance through the lens.
Given the benefits of well-designed frames, our opticians and lab techs can design the visual assist for a senior’s benefit.
BTW, who is a ‘senior’, anyway? While no one likes the term (except for the AARP discounts, which we do honor), without optimal eyesight, a person cannot live life to the fullest, and could be subjecting themselves to accidental falls or a less active life!