Dr. Myles Bokinac

Spring is here and the sun is shining. That lovely bright sun comes out and we start to remember to wear our sunglasses. But did you wear them all winter long? Ultraviolet light (UV) exposure is not strictly a concern in the sunny summer months, but all year round. In fact, UV exposure for the eyes can often be higher in the winter. The sun creates UV light from above, but the snow reflecting the light back up gives our eyes additional exposure from below. UV light exposure is cumulative over your lifetime and 80 per cent of that exposure occurs before the age of 18. Infants and children should always wear sunglasses with 100 per cent UV protection when outdoors. Early sun protection helps reduce the lifetime UV exposure and should result in a lower incidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and delay the onset of cataracts.

UV protection is important for patients of all ages but especially critical for children. UV light damages the eyes and contributes to the development of conditions such as cataracts, AMD and skin cancer in the eyelids. The many options for UV protection include non- prescription or prescription sunglasses, clip-ons or Transitions© lenses. Sunglasses do not need to be expensive to protect your eyes, but they must provide 100 per cent UV protection. A coating may provide this protection or it may be a characteristic of the lens itself. In the lenses with the UV coating repeated cleaning may wear off the UV coating and cause loss of UV protection.

All of our sunwear has 100 per cent UV protection in the lens itself. We have high quality sunglasses with polarized impact resistant lenses for infants and children from $15. Adults can choose from a huge selection of sunglasses to fit all styles and budgets from $50. We carry brands like D&G, Gucci, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Bolle and many more. Come in and look at 500-4010 Pasqua St. in Regina or call us at 306-586-7036.