The Future Is So Bright: Sunglasses for Seniors

Edited by Rory Clark

The Right Shades: Sunglasses for Seniors

Not only do the appropriate sunglasses help you appear sharp, but they may also assist with some of the more prevalent eye issues associated with aging. Sunglasses for seniors can help prevent wrinkles around the eyes. Postpone the formation of cataracts, guard against light sensitivity associated with glaucoma, and screen you from distracting glare while driving. Here are some characteristics to look for when purchasing your next pair of sunglasses.

Skin-Protection Sunglasses

Crow’s feet wrinkles in the corners of your eyes might develop as a consequence of years of genuine smiles. They can also develop as a result of sun damage. To protect the skin around your eyes, use sunglasses that cover the entire eye region, from the brows to the cheekbones. Avoid small frames – think Iris Apfel or even Steve McQueen. Whichever type you pick, ensure that the lenses completely block out the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

Have Cataracts? Wear Sunglasses To Slow Down The Progress

Cataracts aren’t entirely avoidable. Although some individuals are born with hazy lenses, most cataract patients are over 40. Protecting your eyes from UV rays may help reduce cataracts formation, which can help postpone or eliminate the need for cataract surgery in the future. You’ll want to look for sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Just as you would for skin protection.

Light Sensitivity and Glaucoma Sunglasses

There are many different forms of glaucoma, all of which induce nerve damage and may result in irreversible blindness if left untreated. The majority of glaucomas develop slowly, and medications and surgery may help manage the condition but cannot cure it. To be as independent as possible while living with glaucoma, you’ll want to provide your eyes with the most outstanding available glare protection. Therefore you can continue to do your daily activities securely.

To minimize glare, the Glaucoma Research Foundation advises glasses with anti-reflective lens coating and an amber hue. Complete UVA/UVB protection is required. You may wish to explore wraparound styles and even mirrored lenses for extra glare prevention. The G.R.F. also advises wearing sunglasses in front of a mirror. If you can see your eyes through the lens, seek a pair with darker lenses to filter more light.

Glare-Reducing Sunglasses

Even if they don’t have glaucoma, older adults are more susceptible to glare from sunshine and headlights. This may induce headaches and make driving dangerous. The American Automobile Association advises using high-quality sunglasses during the day (rather than at night) to avoid glare-related eyestrain, which may also impair your nighttime driving. Wraparound lenses may provide additional glare protection, but select a design without thick frames that may impede your vision. And, sure, seek complete UVA/UVB protection.

A Pair Of Glasses You Can Afford

Even the most adequate eye protection is ineffective if it is unaffordable. The good news is that even low-cost sunglasses often provide 100% UVA/UVB protection. Sunglasses with complete UV protection are available for less than $20 at major drugstore chains. Discount retailers such as Walmart and Target, and even certain supermarket shops have a variety to chooses from.

Corrective lenses for sunglasses may be much more costly. A decent pair of vision-correcting, UV-protective sunglasses may cost several hundred dollars. This depending on your prescription and the frames you select. A less expensive option is to purchase clip-on or fit-over sunglasses from your local pharmacy and wear them over your prescription glasses. They may not seem as fashionable as designer frames, but they often cost less than $20 and provide essential eye protection.

As you age, it is more critical than ever to safeguard and care for your eyes. While it is natural for our eyesight to deteriorate as we age, being prepared to cope with these changes can help you in the long term. 

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About the author

Rory Clark

Rory has more than 30 years’ experience practicing elder law, estate planning, asset protection, Veteran’s affairs, and special needs planning. Through his personal journey, Rory not only understands the complex legal issues involved as a professional but also the intense emotional issues as a caregiver.