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Guys and their eyes: Answers to men's top 5 questions

Summer's finally here, the grill is fired up, and Father's Day is just around the corner! In honor of dad's big day, we're featuring top-rated questions from our male readers.

What surprising concerns do guys have about their eyes? Get the inside scoop, plus answers to their most frequently asked, eye-related inquiries.


Can tinted lenses help me see better when playing sports outside?

Tinted lenses can enhance clarity during day-to-day activities, however all tinted lenses are not created equal. "As a basic rule," explains Dr. Michael Johnson, OD, a VSP doctor at Eagle Vision Eye Care in Sacramento, CA, "brighter lens tints such yellow and orange are better for low light or overcast days, while darker oranges, ambers, and browns are best for brighter conditions."

Gray and green lenses may help you see more true-to-life colors, but because contrast is limited, they may not be best choice for outdoor sports if depth perception is vital to your performance. To explore the variety of tinted lenses available and find the one that best suits your needs, check out the VSP Guide to Sports & Activity Tints.


Is it really important to wear safety glasses? Will they hurt my eyes?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain job-related eye injuries each day, and of those injured, about 60 percent were not wearing protective eyewear.

"While safety glasses may not protect you from every injury," explains Dr. Johnson, "I can't think of a time when wearing them inflicted more harm than good." Follow common sense with respect to safety eyewear to protect your eyes from chemicals, foreign objects, UV exposure, and infectious diseases.


Can rubbing your eyes in the morning do any major damage?

"While simply rubbing your eyes may be part of your morning ritual," explains Dr. Johnson, "it's wise to pay attention to how much you do it and with what intensity."

Chronic eye rubbing can be a sign of allergies, poor vision, and even corneal degeneration, and may also increase the effects of wrinkles and puffiness. If eye irritation is causing pain or the frequent need to rub your eyes, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to have your eyes properly examined.


What are some steps I can take to improve my night vision?

"The single best treatment for improving night vision is an eye exam," explains Dr. Johnson. Because aging eyes often need more light to see, regular eye exams are key.

Drive during evening hours? Keep your headlights on during pre-dawn and dusk hours to improve visual contrast. Try an anti-reflective coating to cut down on glare or halos that can hamper your ability to see at night.


I just got progressive lenses, but I still can't see that well. Will this get better?

As Dr. Johnson explains, "It is typical to go through an adjustment phase with progressive lenses, or no-line bifocals. However, this period of adjustment should only last a couple of days."

Because they are designed to give you smooth, continuous vision at a number of focal ranges, some distortion of the lens is necessary. "These areas of distortion are usually only noticeable by new wearers." And with new technology, lenses with fewer optical abnormalities are being produced all the time.