Long hours in the sun leave unprotected eyes exposed to dangerous UV rays, and can actually cause sunburned eyes. If you’ve spent several hours in the sun and your eyes are watering, itchy, sensitive to light, or dry and gritty, it’s likely you have sunburned eyes. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, repeated exposure to UV radiation can contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration.

Most of us think more about putting on those sunglasses in the spring and summer. Yet, because snow reflects almost 80% of UV radiation, your overall exposure is nearly doubled when skiing, snowboarding, etc. The bottom line – wear sunglasses year round!

Keep the following things in mind when you shop for your next pair of sunglasses:

  • Look for the 100% UVA/UVB protection sticker on the frames.
  • Try polarized lenses to help eliminate glare and add more clarity to your view, especially if you’ll be near the water or sand this summer.
  • Ask about photochromic lenses that change from light to dark in sunlight for convenient sun protection.

Take a Look at Vision Coverage

Take advantage of the vision program coverage that Pearson offers. It is designed to help pay for routine eye exams, glasses and contact lenses, while treatment of a vision-related illness or injury is covered under your medical plan.

Visit the Vision Service Plan site to find out about great saving programs like a $40 promotion for Calvin Klein and Cole Haan frames through July 1. These designers aren’t your preference? That’s fine, as VSP members are being given an extra $20 to spend on all other featured frames through 2017. Be sure to sign up for the VSP newsletter, EnVision to keep you informed of future savings opportunities, products and eye care news.