Your Most Important Accessory
How many pairs of shoes do you
own? On average 20 for women and
12 for men (it’s true…I looked it up
on the Internet.) Working out at the
gym in dress shoes would be a painful
experience indeed!
What about eyeglasses? Having
listened to patients talk about their
glasses for 35 years, I’d guess most
people own one or two pairs.
This series of articles will discuss
a variety of eyeglass and lens types,
including sunglasses, task-specific
glasses such as computer glasses, and
lens treatments to enhance vision
quality and comfort.
The most important second pair
of glasses to own are sunglasses,
whether they be prescription or nonprescription. The sun emits ultraviolet
(UV) rays, and unprotected, prolonged
exposure to these rays can cause serious
vision problems. They are also valuable
for diminishing glare that can cause
distractions while driving, working and
What features should you look for
in high-quality sunglasses? Certainly a
larger frame, which will block out more
of the sun’s rays. Optical quality lenses

(no drugstore glasses, please,) with UV
coating are a must.
I always recommend polarized
lenses because they cut through glare
and haze. Lenses come in all colors
but experts agree that gray allows the
wearer to see outdoor colors as they
appear naturally, without glare or light
pollution. Neutral tones are a popular
choice and improve contrast, visibility
and depth perception.
An alternative to sunglasses is
photochromic “transition” lenses,
which darken when exposed to UV
radiation outdoors from the sun.
They are certainly convenient because
one pair of glasses can perform two
jobs. My concern with this product is
the lack of sufficient darkening while
driving. Most windshields contain a
UV blocker, which blunts the darkening
effect of the lenses.
The optical experts at Classic Eyewear
welcome the opportunity to discuss
your eyewear needs. Prescriptions
from other doctors are always welcome.
Classic Eyewear is located at the offices
of the Coastal Jersey Eye Center in
Linwood and Cape May Court House.

Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 30 years
of practice experience who specializes in comprehensive eye care. Coastal
Jersey Eye Center features an optical center, Classic Eyewear, which
provides eyeglass frames and lenses to suit every style and budget. For
more information on eye exams or to schedule an appointment, please call
the Linwood office at 609.927.3373 or 609.465.7926 for the Cape May Court
House office. Visit online at