Contacts May Provide Added UV Protection

Eye ContactScientific studies have shown that prolonged exposure to UV radiation from the sun can cause cataracts and macular degeneration and can lead to permanent eye damage and even blindness. Prevention by wearing quality sunglasses that block at least 99% of harmful rays from the sun along with other preventative measures can reduce the chance of these problems.

In addition, it turns out that some contact wearers may be receiving added protection against harmful sun damage to the eyes that those who wear sunglasses or prescription eyewear alone do not, namely UV protection built into their contacts.

While some contacts offer little or no UV protection, others provide adequate additional protection as a supplement and compliment to sunglasses. In fact, research indicates that UV contacts in conjunction with sunglasses that provide UV protection provide better UV protection that just sunglasses alone.

Contacts with UV protection are labeled either Class 1 or Class 2. Class 1 indicates that lenses block 96% of UVA rays and 100% of UVB rays. Class 2 lenses block 70% and 95% respectively. Many contacts offer no additional UV protection.

Research also warns against relying on UV contacts alone for protecting the eyes against sun damage. This is because UV contacts in general block at least 10% less UV light than sunglasses with the amount being blocked varying from one pair of contacts to the next.

While wraparound sunglasses provide the best option for full-eye sun protection, simply wearing any sunglasses that protect against at least 99% of UV rays provides essential protection for eyes against the sun’s harmful rays. But, wearing UV contacts in addition to sunglasses brings added whole-eye protection that glasses alone simply cannot provide.

Most sunglasses fail to prevent all UV rays from reaching the eyes because of direct and indirect sunlight that shines through the top, sides and bottoms of glasses. Contacts can provide protection to theses exposed areas.

Taking the idea of complete protection even further, adding a wide-brimmed hat that covers 1” or more in front of the eye when wearing UV sunglasses and contacts provides the ideal solution for those whose eyes are exposed to the sun on a regular and prolonged basis. Those individuals include lifeguards, ski patrol and other individuals who work and spend the majority of their time in the sun.

Just like all sunglasses are not created equal and making sure you purchase quality sunglasses is essential, so too is the case with contacts that protect against UV rays. As already mentioned, not all lenses provide the same amount of UV protection with some providing no protection at all against the sun.

Check with your eye care provider with regard to the UV rating on your contacts. If your contacts do not provide UV protection, request contacts that do.

The bottom line is that UV contacts alone do not provide as much protection as sunglasses alone, especially wraparound styles. But together, UV contacts and sunglasses provide solid protection for eyes against the sun’s harmful rays.

Smith Optics Elite Sunglasses – The Last Word In Tough, Tactical Technology

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “elite” as “the best of a class,” aptly fitting the military grade Smith Optics series: Smith Optics Elite. With two series making up this superior line – Tactical Core and Tactical Lifestyle, Smith Optics is upping the bar to safety sunglasses that have a comfortable fit, while being tough enough to have a place in real-life combat zones.

Smith Optics Elite Tactical Core Series

Like all of us here at Safety Glasses USA, Smith Optics honors the men and women serving our country, and set out to design Smith Optics Elite goggles and safety sunglasses to help protect their vision, and in turn, their lives. The Smith Optics Tactical Core Series emphasizes military grade impact protection that meets US MIL-DTL-43511D standards, with a snug fit that conforms to the face without sacrificing comfort. Smith Optics excels in all of its lines, includes:

Smith Optics Elite Outside-The-Wire Goggles

Smith Optics Elite Outside-The-Wire Goggles

  • Outside The Wire Tactical Goggle: A custom fit strap keeps these Smith Optics elite goggles securely on your face so you can succeed in any situation. Many of the goggles in this line feature several different lens colors, including gray, clear, and yellow, to ensure you have the right lens for every lighting condition.
  • Aegis ARC Eyeshield: If you’re in an area where shots can be fired, whether it’s a local shooting range or overseas combat situation, ballistic eyewear is absolutely vital. The Aegis ARC line boasts PivLock Lens Interchange Technology for quick lens changing and Tapered Lens Technology to combat distortion.
  • Boogie Regulator Goggles: Keep it simple, right? That’s the methodology behind Boogie Regulator Goggles – their ventilated lenses prevent fogging, with a silicone strap to ensure a snug fit. Of course, they also meet US MIL-DTL-43511D goggle impact level standards and are ANSI Z87.1 Compliant.

Smith Optics Elite Tactical Lifestyle Series

You may not find yourself in a combat situation anytime soon, but if you’re in a non-combat military or law enforcement role, you still need the resilience and protection that the Smith Optics Elite line can offer you. With lines ranging from the classic Smith Optics Elite Director sunglasses to the sleek Smith Optics Elite Hudson line, these sunglasses feature the Smith Optics Tapered Lens Technology to prevent distortion, while still meeting ANSI Z87.1 and MIL-PRF-31013 impact standards.

Smith Optics continues to raise the bar in crafting high performance safety sunglasses and goggles designed for the everyday ballistics enthusiast to the men and women protecting our country. We applaud Smith Optics for their continual emphasis on state-of-the-art technology and durability in all their sunglass and goggle lines.