UV Protection

UV Protection with Our Optometrists in Culpeper and King George, VA

The sun gives off light rays in every color of the spectrum, but those in the extreme ends are those that can be especially damaging. Ultraviolet light, also known as UV rays, can damage your eyes both in the short term and long term. At Eye Care of Virginia in Culpeper & King George, we recommend that all of our patients wear protective sunglasses whenever they're outdoors, in order to protect from the damage that UVA and UVB rays can do.

woman smiling and wearing sunglasses

How UV Rays Damage Your Eyes

UV light is broken up into three basic types. UVC rays are the strongest, but the ozone level blocks virtually all of it. The other two types cause concern for eyes, though.

UVB rays can be considered beneficial by some, as they're the rays that cause the skin to produce melanin, creating a suntan. In higher doses, though, this reaction can cause skin cancer or cancer of the eyes, as well as snow blindness and growths inside the eyes.

Excess exposure to UVA rays has been connected to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as a host of lesser vision problems.

Risk Factors for UV Rays

The danger of damage from UV rays is present anywhere sunlight exists, but the danger is stronger in certain types of environments. In general, UV rays are more dangerous in:

  • Land nearer the equator. The farther from the equator you go, the weaker the UV rays are
  • High altitude--UV rays get stronger in higher altitudes
  • Certain times of the day. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the sun is at its highest and the greatest danger from UV rays exist
  • Wide open spaces. Both UVA and UVB rays are more dangerous in open spaces, especially when they include reflective surfaces such as snow, sand, or water

Contact Our Optometry Office for Protection

The only way to make sure your eyes are safe from the cumulative danger of UV rays is to wear protective sunglasses every time you leave the house. Our doctor of optometry, Dr. Press, recommends sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays in the environment. Choose sunglasses in a wrap-around style or one with oversized lenses for the best protection.

UV protection doesn't depend on the color of the lens. You can choose sunglasses with yellow lenses or black ones, as long as they have the same UV protectant coating on them. This gives you the ability to choose sunglasses that fit with your style while protecting your eye health.

Give us a call at (540) 825-3937 and we'll schedule an appointment for a sunglasses consultation today.

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Hours of Operation

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Culpeper Office

Monday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

Closed

Wednesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

10:00 am-3:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

King George Office

Monday:

Closed

Tuesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

Closed

Thursday:

Closed

Friday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Press CARES about his patients, insurance or not AND he is the most thorough eye doctor I have ever been to. The prescription he gave me, made me see correctly, once again, I am so thankful. Dr Press and his staff are great!"
    Katrin H
  • "I'm so glad I changed eye doctors. I had been going to Dr. H by the hospital for a long time and he had given me a prescription for contacts that I tried and tried to wear with no success. Dr. Press gave the right "size" contacts and was able to walk out wearing the contacts with no problem! He has great manners and even took my blood pressure! Glad to have finally found a knowledgeable Optometrist I can SEE in a regular basis."
    Ines P
  • "I recently needed to change my vision prescription and was finally in need of bifocals. I went to see Dr. Miles Press for both convenience (local eye doctor) and because he accepted my insurance. I needed to have vision in my right eye adjusted several times, and several right lenses replaced. Dr.Miles Press worked tirelessly to make sure my vision was correct and I was never charged for each subsequent visit or lens replacement. I've never had an eye doctor like that before, that really cares and is fast and on the ball with knowledge to get you the correct prescription. He also cared that I went with Progressive lenses over bifocals because they provide three fields of view and eliminate the annoying line. To sum it up, an eye doctor that treats you like he would his own family is a rare experience. I will continue to go to Dr. Miles Press as long as he is in business and accepts my insurance. No question."
    Thomas C
  • "I didn't know my vision could change, and I also didn't know that I could see the world more clearly than how I was already seeing it! Dr. Press was professional and very helpful and educating! Highly recommend!"
    Karla N
  • "Dr. Miles Press was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He explained a lot about my eye care that no Dr. has ever taken the time to do."
    Wendy S