Protect your eyes against the sun

Monday, July 3, 2023

Back-hand shot of a man about to place his sunglasses on his face to protect his eyes from the sun.

It’s important to protect your eyes when out in the sun, even on cloudy days. An easy way to do this is by getting prescription sunglasses or transition lenses. There are a variety of glasses that work to protect your eyes against the sun—here are a few different options: 

Transition Lenses
Transition lenses are equipped with light-sensitive photochromic dyes that darken when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays and fade to clear when out of the sun. Transition lenses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. They also help protect against harmful blue light and help reduce glare, eye fatigue, and strain by optimizing the amount of light that your eyes receive.

Polycarbonate Lenses
Polycarbonate lenses are lightweight and shatterproof and are ideal if you have an active lifestyle or play sports. These lenses block almost all UV rays, so they don’t need an additional UV coating. However, they can scratch, so you should use a lens hardener to help protect them.

High-Index Lenses
High-index lenses bend light more efficiently, which means light travels faster through these lenses than traditional lenses. They can offer the same degree of visual correction using less material, which results in thinner lenses and less weight on your glasses.

No matter what kind of sunglasses you choose, be sure to select lenses that completely block the sun’s harmful UV rays. When buying sunglasses, check to make sure they provide 100 percent UV protection from all UV light.

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Consult your Plan Benefit Profile if you are unsure if your plan has Vision Benefits. To find an EyeMed provider, visit or download the MyTeamCare App. On the EyeMed website and choose the Select Network to begin your search.