Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement; they also protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV rays. Southwest Vision Center provides high-quality sunglasses that offer full protection against UV rays and reduce glare. We can also customize them for your vision needs. Here is everything you should know about UV rays and their effect on your eyes.

What are UV Rays?

UV rays are invisible rays emitted by the sun together with visible light. Overexposure to UV rays can cause problems with hair, skin, and eyes. Research links extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays with macular degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia, and cataracts. Children are at risk because they spend significantly more time outdoors. Make sure to protect their eyes from the sun by contacting our pediatric optometrist in Three Rivers, MI. We will provide them with quality sunglasses.

What are the kinds of UV Rays?

There are three categories of UV rays: UVC rays, UVB rays, and UVA rays. The ozone layer blocks practically all UVC rays. Unfortunately, UVB and UVA rays still reach the earth’s surface. Higher doses of UVB rays can cause sunburn and can help cause pterygia and pingueculae. UVA rays, on the other hand, can cause cataracts and macular degeneration. Our family and children’s eye doctor in Granger, IN, can prevent all these problems by assigning our quality sunglasses.

How can we help?

We can provide sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays, greatly reducing your risk of developing eye problems. The amount of UV protection does not depend on color. So, a dark gray lens and a light-amber colored lens can provide you with equal protection. We customize our sunglasses according to your vision. When you get an eye exam in Edwardsburg, MI, from us, we can provide you with the right sunglasses for your needs.

Our personalized sunglasses can protect your eyes from the effects of UV rays. We provide prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, along with polarized and non-reflective lenses. We will work with you to determine which of our sunglasses options best fit your particular needs. Give us a call to learn more about the effects of UV rays on your eyes or to schedule an appointment.

Operating Hours


9:00am – 6:00pm Monday
8:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Friday
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Three Rivers
9:00am – 6:00pm Monday
8:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Friday
Closed Saturday & Sunday

   8:00am – 5:00pm Monday  
9:00am – 6:00pm Tuesday
8:00am – 5:00pm Wed
8:00am – 5:00pm Thursday
8:00am – 5:00pm Friday
Closed Saturday & Sunday