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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Maui Jim Sunglasses

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! This month and every month, remember to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh, damaging ultra-violet and high-energy rays. Stop in to learn about the differences in sunglasses. We carry beautiful sunglass styles including the protective PolarizedPlus2® sunglasses from Maui Jim.

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Countdown to the Great American Eclipse

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Countdown to the total eclipse has begun, with nine days to go until the August 21st event. Remember that if you don’t view safely, ocular complications can arise with direct exposure to the damaging sun’s rays. People who view eclipses directly without proper protection have experienced pain, tearing and even permanent eye damage. Sun injury to the eyes may not be immediately evident, and if you experience difficulties following the event, please call our office right away. Nasa has a safe viewing website with detailed information that you can visit here: eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
 
If you’re staying in Flagstaff on the 21st, Lowell Observatory may be a great choice for viewing. They will offer special hours and activities including telescope viewing and a direct link to a live stream of the total eclipse from Madras at 10:19am. The maximum eclipse viewing from Flagstaff will happen at 10:34am. lowell.edu/event/great-american-eclipse/
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July is Ultra-Violet (UV) Light Awareness Month

SALT Optics Elkins Sunglass

Did you know that UV light can damange your eyes in addition to your skin? There are quite a few different problems that can arise from over exposure to UV light. Dr. Danoff explains this quite well in this short video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITFY2SVWc2w

Wearing sunglasses that filter out 100% of both UVA and UVB are recommended. Stop in to see our 2017 collection. The frame featured here is the SALT Optics Elkins modeled by Julia at SALT Optics.

 

 

 

Image credit: Julie Wear Elkins Sunglass by SALT Optics

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20% Off Sunglass Sale in March

Our annual sunglass SALE will run the entire month of March! Shop early for the best selection. 20% off all prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. Protect your eyes with ultra-violet(UV)-filtering lenses. Find Maui Jim, Oakley, SALT Optics, Vera Bradley and Kate Spade among others in stock. Sale ends March 31, 2017.

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Danger danger, ultra violet is everywhere!

You already know that ultra-violet light (UV) is responsible for damage to skin and hair, but did you know that excessive UV exposure is also harmful to your eyes?

If you work or play outside for extended periods of time, or live in a high altitude or very sunny climate, you are a prime candidate for serious ultra-violet exposure.

Unlike Hemophagia in the movie, long term UV exposure can contribute to the development of certain types of cataracts, pterygiums, and also retina damage. It can also cause permanent damage to the sensitive tissues around the eye.

So how to avoid this? It’s important to shield your peepers from these harmful rays by using quality lenses. There are UV-absorbing materials and coatings for your regular eyeglass lenses, as well as special sun lenses that will filter out both visible and invisible sunlight.

Stop in or call us to discuss the best solution for your particular eyecare needs.

Read more about this topic on the American Optometric Association’s website.

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