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Top 5 Reasons to Wear Sunglasses with Contacts

Contact lenses correct vision, but they don’t fully protect your eyes from the sun. Some contacts block up to 90% of ultraviolet (UV) rays, but even that is not enough. Pairing contacts with sunglasses offers more protection than wearing contact lenses alone.

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  1. Full Eye Protection
    Contact lenses only cover the cornea of the eye, meaning the rest of the eye is exposed to UV radiation. Sunglasses can offer 100% UVA and UVB protection while also covering the entire eye and the surrounding areas.
  2. Protection from Other Rays
    Along with UV rays, the sun gives off high-energy visible light (also known as HEV or blue light). Overtime, too much exposure to HEV can lead to retinal cell damage and macular degeneration. UV-blocking contact lenses don’t protect you from these rays, but certain sunglasses do.
  3. Protection from Glare
    Polarized sunglasses reduce harsh glare and make it easier for you to see resulting in less squinting and eye strain. They block the horizontal light waves that reflect off of surfaces like water, snow, glass, and metal.
  4. Decrease Eye Dryness
    Wind can play a large role in drying out eyes especially when running, biking, or playing sports. Sunglasses act as a barrier to block the wind from your eyes and allow contacts to stay comfortable and moisturized longer.
  5. Protection from Injury
    Sunglasses offer a durable layer of protection from debris or other factors that may come in contact with your eyes. Sunglasses are a must on windy days at the beach to avoid sand getting into your eyes.

Protect your eyes while also seeing more clearly and comfortably by wearing sunglasses with contact lenses. Our sister site,, offers a variety of affordable and stylish sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection, polarized lenses, and more.