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275 Bicentennial Hwy

Lower Level, Suite 101

Springfield, MA 01118 US

(413) 796-3316

(413)783-7483

Sunglasses

Many people are cheered by a bright, sunny day, but the effect of all that sunlight on the eyes is a less sunny proposition. UV radiation and glare can create a variety of issues, from dangerous "snowblindness" to irreversible disorders that threaten your eyesight. Here are some frequently asked questions about the role of sunglasses in protecting the eyes from harm. If you want to know more about choosing the right sunglasses, call our opticians at (413) 796-3316 today.

What are UV rays? UV stands for ultraviolet, a band of spectrum invisible to the eye. Ultraviolet light consists of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVC rays are stopped in Earth's atmosphere before they reach the eye, but UVA and UVB can both reach the eye and potentially damage it.

How does UV radiation affect unprotected eyes? UV rays can cause proteins inside the lens to become opaque or cloudy, a condition known as cataracts. Cataracts can interfere with night vision, reduce your ability to see colors, and make reading difficult; they cannot be reversed, only removed. UV exposure can also cause retinal damage, changes in the eye tissues, and a temporary but irritating "sunburn" of the cornea called photokeratitis.

How do I know my glasses will protect my eyes? Choose glasses that claim to block at least 99 percent of UV rays -- UVA as well as UVB. Look for label reading "UV 400," since this designation means that the glasses block UV rays as small as 400 nanometers, providing 100 percent eye protection. Of course you need to protect your eyes from the glare caused by the visible spectrum as well. To accomplish this, select products that block 75 to 90 percent of visible light.

What are polarized lenses? Polarized lenses are specially designed to filter out certain types of glare that tend to radiate upward from horizontal surfaces when sunlight bounces off of these surfaces. They are recommended for tasks such as boating, fishing, skiing, golfing, jogging, and driving. Most polarized lenses will bear a label identifying them as such.

What types of glasses can I choose from? We are able to provide you with a wide range of sunglass options. If you normally wear glasses to correct your eyesight, you may be happy with a non-prescription pair of clip-ons or wraparound glasses that simply fit over your lenses. If you'd rather not wear that much equipment on your head all at once, you can order a pair of prescription "shades," or you can order glasses that darken when exposed to bright light.

What additional types of protection should I consider? If you worry about light, including harmful UV, leaking in through sides or top of your sunglasses, wear a broad-brimmed hat to reduce some of this exposure. If you use prescription eyewear to correct your eyesight, you may also want to think about getting a pair of UV-blocking contact lenses in your prescription. These lenses may be worn alongside a non-prescription pair of sunglasses for optimum eye protection.

For more information on choosing the right sunglasses, contact our office today.

COVID-19 Virus UPDATE as of 5/26/2020

In compliance with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's Phased Reopening Plan, the Optical Shoppe is now open for curbside services. B.E.C. OPTICAL is an optical goods/retail store and must abide by local guidelines as we work together to SAFELY reopen our businesses. During the phased reopening process, the Optical Shoppe's hours have changed temporarily. We will be open for curbside services from 9am until 4pm, Monday through Friday. If you have an emergent eyeglass issue or need to fill an urgent eyeglass prescription, please call us at 413-796-3316, press option 3, and one of our opticians can discuss a plan of action with you. Please know that the safety of our patients, employees, and their respective families, is the single most important factor prompting these necessary measures as we move forward through this together. We apologize for any inconvenience these temporary changes may cause and we thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. For updates, please check back here or on Facebook.com/becoptical. You may also email us with questions at [email protected] In the meantime, we wish you and your families good health, and hopefully, we will SEE you soon.

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Baystate Eye Care Optical Shoppe

Monday:

Curbside 9am-4pm Temporarily

Tuesday:

Curbside 9am-4pm Temporarily

Wednesday:

Curbside 9am-4pm Temporarily

Thursday:

Curbside 9am-4pm Temporarily

Friday:

Curbside 9am-4pm Temporarily

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed