Why You Need Contact Lens with UV Protection

Paul Slusher

Paul Slusher


Published May 24th, 2017
Why You Need Contact Lens with UV Protection

Loving those sunny days?  Here’s the problem: all that sunlight now could give you cataracts later in life.

Short Term Effects

Exposing your eyes to too much UV radiation for a short time just gives you a temporary “eye sunburn”, called photokeratitis.  Your eyes redden, feel gritty, tear up, and are extremely sensitive to light.  Photokeratitis is usually temporary and doesn’t leave any lasting damage.

Long Term Effects

But what about exposure to UV radiation for a long time?  That’s where the danger to your eyes really lies.

The longer your eyes are exposed to UV radiation, the higher the chance of getting cataracts or macular degeneration (a condition with partial vision loss) when you’re older.  The exact amount of UV radiation that causes these conditions is unknown.  (Read more from the original article here.)


Optometrists strongly recommend you protect your eyes with heavy-duty wraparound sunglasses, or contact lenses with UV protection.

Contact Lens with the Best UV Protection

Acuvue Oasys 1-Day has the highest UV protection currently available in contact lenses.  UV Protection Contact lenses that offer high levels of protection against UV rays are labeled as either Class I or Class II. Class I lenses block at least 90% of UVA and 99% of UVB rays while Class II block at least 70% of UVA and 95% of UVB rays. Acuvue Oasys 1-Day is a class 1 contact lens. *

Acuvue is the only brand that offers UV protection across its entire line of products.

Designed with Acuvue’s proprietary HydraLuxe™ technology for all-day comfort, Acuvue Oasys 1-Day has tear-like properties that work with your natural tear film each day, providing all-day performance and excellent comfort, vision, and handling.

Buying Contact Lenses Online

We strongly recommend that you get a prescription and contact lens fitting from your optometrist before purchasing any contact lenses.  Different product lines use various materials and measurements, which means they will have different prescriptions for the same person.

Learn why seeing your eye doctor first is important from our CEO, Paul W. Slusher:

*WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT complete substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed by your eye doctor.

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Paul Slusher

Paul Slusher

Paul W. Slusher is the Founder and CEO of, Canada's leading online contact lens retailer renowned for its customer satisfaction and growth. Committed to sustainability, his leadership focuses on leveraging the company's platform to make a significant environmental impact.

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