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4130 Truxel Road, Suite D Sacramento, CA 95834

4130 Truxel Road, Suite D Sacramento, CA 95834
916.928.8383

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Home » What's New » Protecting Your Eyes Against Harmful UV Radiation

Protecting Your Eyes Against Harmful UV Radiation

Everybody knows that the leading source of UV radiation is the sun. What many people don't realize is that the sun is not the only source of UV radiation. It can also come from sources such as welding machines and tanning beds. Furthermore, it is common knowledge that UV radiation can cause you a painful sunburn on your skin, but did you know that UV radiation can be dangerous for your eyes as well? It’s true! Too much UV radiation can give your eyes a kind of "sunburn of the eye," called photokeratitis, which can cause eyelid twitches, eye pain, and extreme sensitivity to bright light. In severe cases of UV radiation overexposure can also do permanent damage to your central vision, and the more your eyes are exposed to UV rays over time, the greater your chances become of developing serious problems with your eyes later in life, such as age related macular degeneration, cataracts and even cancer.

Fortunately, there are a number of steps that can be implemented to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of overexposure. The American Optometric Association suggests that sunglasses meant for extended outdoor exposure block 99-100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays and 75-90 percent of all visible light. A hat or cap with a wide brim is also a great addition to protect your eyes from light that otherwise might not be blocked by your sunglasses. Wrap around sunglasses and contact lenses with UV protection are also great additions, as traditional sunglasses often let UV radiation around the edges that can still do damage to your eyes. Patients newly out of surgery for cataracts or those taking medicine that make the eyes more sensitive to light should be sure to take these same steps every time they go outside, no matter how long or short their time outside will be.

There are also certain situations in which sunglasses alone are not enough to protect your eyes. Arc welding and tanning beds are sources of direct light which require specialized eyewear to prevent extremely harmful side effects similar to looking directly into the sun. Snowfields, although they do not give off light of their own, do reflect a great deal of light that can also do similar damage to your eyes without appropriate specialized eyewear.

Running low on contacts? If you need to order contacts, we are authorizing one-time prescription extensions for up to a 6 month supply order when ordered through our office or online store.

Three ways to order:

1.    Continue to our website at www.NatomasOptometry.com and click the “ORDER Contacts” button

2.    Come into the office and one of our team members can assist you

3.    Call us at 916-928-8383

Limited hours for glasses and contact lens pickup only, effective April 1st, 2020:

·        Monday - Friday:  9am to 1pm (closed on Saturday and Sunday)o   Open hours are only for pickup of glasses and contact lenses.   These hours are subject to change.   In order to protect the health of our patients and staff and to comply with social distancing, we will not be doing any frame adjustments until we fully reopen.   In addition, for security reasons, we have removed all of our eyeglass frames from the boards, so they will be unavailable for purchase until we are able to fully reopen

A message to our patients

Due to recommendations and restrictions from the Center for Disease Control, California OptometricAssociation, American Optometric Society, and County of Sacramento, and to protect the health of our patients and eye care team, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all appointments until at least the second week of April.  However, due to the uncertainty and fluidity of the COVID-19crisis, this is subject to change.  We will still try to remain open for limited hours for our patients to pick up glasses and contact lenses, but this is subject to change as well.  Any updates as to appointment availability and changes to open hours will be posted on our website at www.natomasoptometry.com.

Our hearts go out to everyone who has already been impacted by COVID-19 and we encourage our friends everywhere to take the extra precautions necessary to safeguard their health and that of others. It is our communal responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus.  Thank you for your patience and understanding in this time of uncertainty.  We value your decision to entrust us with your eye care needs, and we will strive to keep this a safe environment for patients and staff.  Please stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

The Natomas Optometry Team