Written by:  Leesa Nesty


This week we are excited to present Part 4 in our blog series by Doctor Gary Nesty, Solar Bat owner.  There are so many important factors to consider when purchasing the correct pair of sunglasses for your self and your chosen sport.  Dr. Nesty is an expert in his field and we are happy he is sharing his expertise with us and helping us make informed decisions.  Stay tuned for future posts from Dr. Nesty sharing with us about how improved performance in our chosen sports can be determined by proper lens tints.  Please enjoy this and the future posts from Dr. Gary Nesty.     



by:  Dr. Gary Nesty, optometrist


In this 4th in the series of blogs I want to address what one should look for as an absolute minimum when purchasing a pair of sport sunglasses.  You have probably heard that dangers of excessive UV exposure when it comes to sunburn and the increased probability of developing skin cancer. 


Many do not realize that this same UV exposure can also result in eye damage.  As you would assume, the skin around the eye is in danger from UV exposure, but UV exposure has also been linked to early development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and ocular tumors including cancer.  In my years of practice I can verify that I see more, now than ever, cataracts and macular degeneration linked to UV exposure.

POINT #1 is be sure that the sunglasses you purchase block all harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC wavelengths.


Glare is to your vision as static is to your hearing.  Even if you are not on or around the water you will experience glare from any horizontal surface.  Eliminate this glare and improve your vision.

POINT #2 is to be sure the sunglasses you purchase have at least 99% polarization.


Accidents in the outdoors happen and no one plans on having an accident-that is why they are called accidents.  

POINT #4 make sure the frame you select wraps around your eyes to give you protection from all angles.  Make sure the bottom edge of the frame comes close but does not rest on your cheeks.  And finally make sure your lenses are impact resistant.




I hope that this information will help you make an informed intelligent decision when purchasing your next pair of sunglasses.