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Malvern Eye Care

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270 W. Lancaster Ave, Suite F-1
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-647-6550
Fax: 610-647-6549

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday9:00am5:00pm
TuesdayClosed1-8pm
WednesdayClosed1-8pm
Thursday9:00am5:00pm
Friday9:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed
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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. Griffen at 610-647-6550 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.

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Testimonial

I have been a patient of Dr. Griffen's office ​since 1986 and have been extremely pleased with his professionalism, knowledge and thoroughness. He has monitored my transition from wearing glasses and contact lenses through successful LASIK surgery. His staff is personable, efficient and the selection of eyewear is wonderful. Although I moved to Maryland in 2013, I continue to see Dr. Griffen for my yearly exams. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else. Sincerely

Jane Dutcher / Malvern, PA

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday9:00am5:00pm
TuesdayClosed1-8pm
WednesdayClosed1-8pm
Thursday9:00am5:00pm
Friday9:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9:00am Closed Closed 9:00am 9:00am Closed Closed
5:00pm 1-8pm 1-8pm 5:00pm 5:00pm Closed Closed

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  • 270 W. Lancaster Ave, Suite F-1 Malvern, PA 19355
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