Switch to Main Site
Practice Name

Family EyeCare Center P.C.

Primary Location
518 Franklin St
Pella, IA 50219
Phone: (641) 628-2023
Fax: (641) 628-2031

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 am5:00 pm
Tuesday8:00 am5:00 pm
Wednesday8:00 am5:00 pm
Thursday8:00 am7:00 pm
Friday8:00 am5:00 pm
SaturdayBy Appt. Only
SundayClosed
Main Content

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 Dr. Jones at (641) 628-2023 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.



Located across from the Vermeer Windmill

Request an Appointment

Our Services

We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide.

View Services


We all know how important it is to protect our eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays; but what about the harmful effects of blue light rays?

#bluelightexposed


We are a Proud Member of Vision Source

Testimonial

We have been very happy with Family EyeCare Center in Pella! I have gone there for a couple years now and have always been satisfied with the care I've received. The staff is always very helpful and friendly. My 4-year-old recently needed an eye exam, and they were so great with him!

- Tiffany W. / Pella, IA

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 am5:00 pm
Tuesday8:00 am5:00 pm
Wednesday8:00 am5:00 pm
Thursday8:00 am7:00 pm
Friday8:00 am5:00 pm
SaturdayBy Appt. Only
SundayClosed

p.social.phone{ margin-bottom:-4px !important; margin-top:1em !important; }
 

Contact

Family EyeCare Center P.C.
518 Franklin St
Pella, IA 50219
Get Directions
From:  To:  Get Directions
Driving Directions: Reverse Directions Print Directions
Newsletter

Newsletter Sign Up


Community Content