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The Jacksonville Eyecare

Primary Location
8808 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: 904-998-2255

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8 - 112 - 5
Tuesday8 - 11Closed
Wednesday8 - 112 - 5
Thursday8 - 11Closed
Friday8 - 112 - 5
SaturdayBy Appt.Closed
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.

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? 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.

Locations

Beach Office
904-998-2255
8808 Beach Blvd.Jacksonville, FL 32216
Orange Park Office
904-276-3533
899 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32065
Philips Office
904-636-7880
4250 Philips Highway Jacksonville, FL 32207
Collins Office
904-777-0802
7075 Collins Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32244

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Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Testimonial

The Jacksonville Eyecare are the best at what they do and make you feel right at home.

- James P.  / Jacksonville, FL

Office Hours

Beach Office
Monday* 12pm 6pm
Tuesday closed closed
Wednesday* 12pm 6pm
Thursday 10pm 6pm
Friday Closed Closed
Saturday 9:30am 2pm
Sunday Closed Closed
*First of the Month Off

  Orange Park Office
Monday* 11pm  5pm
Tuesday closed closed
Wednesday* 11pm 5pm
Thursday Closed Closed
Friday 10am 4pm
Saturday 9:30am 2pm
Sunday Closed Closed
*Alternating off, please call to confirm.
Collins Office
Tuesday 11am 4pm
Thursday 11am 4pm

Philips Office
Tuesday 10am 5pm
Friday 10am 4pm

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