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Blue Light and UV Light Eye Protection Options

Blue Light

Blue or high energy visible (HEV) light is an intense band of light around the 380-500nm range of light spectrum. Naturally, this HEV light must make it through your eye structures to the back of the eye (retina) to start the signal for your sleep-wake cycle. HEV light is produced by personal electronic LED screens including phones, tablets and computers. This blue or HEV light range makes device screens appear very bright white. Devices and light sources in general have switched to a more blue light source because of the crisp, high quality image without thinking of the impact it can have on our eyes and body.

  • There is an increasing amount of time in both adults and children spent in front of digital devices. Work projects, smart boards, digital photo albums, and books for school or pleasure are all switching to digital sources; making it more and more difficult to avoid screen time.
  • Because HEV is the highest energy wavelength of visible light this intense light can penetrate through the eyes natural filters, particularly in children whose crystalline lens is an inefficient blocker of blue light and this high energy light then makes its way all the way thorough to the back of the eye.
  • More information from The Vision Council

With increasing amount of time on devices and the switch to devices using more LED light sources that peak in the blue light range, we offer many ways to protect your eyes from the harmful blue light. 

Blue Light Protection

Screen Protection at the source:

Lenses and Coating Options: 

At McDonald Eye Care Associates we believe your long term ocular health is key. Daily, your eyes are affected by your hobbies, job and genetics. We offer the latest in spectacle, contact lens and digital screen protection to maximize long term ocular health!

UV Protection 

Sunlight can lift your mind, body, and spirit. Just like you protect your skin with sunscreen, you need your eyes to be protected too! Proper protection allows you to enjoy the sun without damaging your eye. Eye damage can hurt the cornea (photokeratitis), lens (cataracts), conjunctiva (pterygium), or retina (macular degeneration) just to name a few. 

Glasses: polycarbonate lenses and anti-reflective coatings allow for UV-protection in clear lenses! 

Sunglasses: We offer many of the best quality name-brand sunglasses to choose from including Maui Jim, Serengetti, Nike, Bolle, Greg Norman, Rudy Project, and Oakley (to name a few).

Did you know that a stylish frame is not the only thing you should look for when you buy a pair of sunglasses? First and foremost, make sure you get premium-quality lenses that are customized for your eyes and needs. Their most important function is to protect your eyes from potentially harmful UV rays. Such individualized sunglass lenses are available for practically everyone, regardless of whether you need glasses to correct your vision or not. However, having lots of choices can be mind-boggling. BETTER VISION would like to assist you with your selection by presenting some of the key options for your perfect pair of sunglasses. - Zeiss

Polarized sunglass lenses prevents light reflections and mirror images created by the sun’s rays as it hits wet pavement, water or metal surfaces, for example. As a result, they protect wearers from eye fatigue because the eyes no longer have to adjust to constantly changing light conditions. People who wear these lenses tend to be a lot more relaxed and feel better about wearing glasses. - Zeiss

Contact Lenses: Well suited for active adults and kids or those who would like to be glasses free! Contact lenses are a great option. Even more importantly, contacts can help in your active protection against many eye diseases. Although we recommend maximum sunglasses use, sometimes they are not always practical! Allow your contact lenses to act like the base sunscreen many people wear on their face every day! See our wide selection below!

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The City of Lakeville and Dakota County project to reconstruct County Road 50 (Kenwood Trail) from Dodd Boulevard to 185th Street will continue through Fall 2018. Roadway improvements include reconstruction and widening of County Road 50 to a four-lane divided highway, storm sewer, trails and local street connections. The County is the lead agency for this project. Construction is scheduled to resume in mid-late April 2018 (weather permitting).  For more information, visit Dakota County's website.

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