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Suglasses offer year-round protection from harmful sun rays

WEST Seneca - If you think sunglasses are simply a fashion accessory, you’d better think again. While it’s true that they may make you look better, they are actually making you feel better as well by protecting your eyes from harmful rays and thereby helping to save your eyesight.

While your skin typically recovers from sunburn, damage from the sun’s rays to the eyes can be permanent.

According to numerous medical studies, UV-A and UV-B rays can penetrate the cornea and damage the eye’s lens and retina, leading to an increased risk for cataracts and/or macular degeneration.

When should sunglasses be worn? Pretty much any time you go outside and during all four seasons. While the level of ultraviolet radiation is much higher during the summer months, precautions should also be taken during the winter months.

Sunglasses should always be worn at or near the water and when using medications that cause photosensitivity.

A good pair of sunglasses will shield your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When shopping for sunglasses to meet your needs, look for a pair that blocks out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

“Tomasik Optical offers a wide variety of stylish slip-on and clip-on sunglasses, both prescription and nonprescription,” said Michael Tomasik, owner of Tomasik Optical. “With Father’s Day right around the corner, why not treat Dad to something that will help keep his eyes safe and healthy for many years to come.”

With offices in Orchard Park and Lackawanna, Tomasik Optical has been serving Western New York for 55 years.

For more information or to make an appointment for an eye exam, please visit www.tomasikoptical.com, email mike@tomasikoptical.com or call the Lackawanna store at 825-7434 or the Orchard Park location at 667-0004. The Lackawanna store is located at 1258 Electric Ave., while the Orchard Park location is at 3800 N. Buffalo Road.

Tomasik Optical is also proud to carry the Eco line of eyeglass frames — the only brand of frames certified to be made of at least 95 percent recycled materials — and is a Lions Club collection point for gently used eyeglasses.


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