When engaging in outdoor activities, we often focus on protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful rays or ensuring we have the right gear for the adventure ahead. However, one crucial aspect that is sometimes overlooked is protecting our eyes. Whether you’re hiking, biking, skiing, or simply enjoying a day out in the sun, wearing protective eyewear is a must. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of protective eyewear for outdoor activities and why investing in a quality pair of sunglasses or goggles is essential for maintaining eye health and safety.

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  1. Shielding from UV Rays:
    • One of the primary functions of protective eyewear is to shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun.
    • Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can lead to various eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancer of the eyelids or surrounding skin.
    • Quality sunglasses or goggles with UV protection help block out UV rays, reducing the risk of these serious eye conditions.
  2. Preventing Eye Strain and Fatigue:
    • Spending time outdoors without proper eye protection can result in eye strain and fatigue, especially on bright, sunny days.
    • Glare from sunlight reflecting off surfaces like water, snow, or pavement can cause discomfort and make it challenging to see clearly.
    • Polarized lenses in protective eyewear are designed to minimize glare, allowing for improved visibility and reducing strain on the eyes.
  3. Safeguarding Against Debris and Injuries:
    • Outdoor activities often involve exposure to various environmental elements, including dust, debris, insects, and even branches or projectiles.
    • Protective eyewear acts as a barrier, shielding your eyes from these hazards and reducing the risk of injuries such as scratches, cuts, or foreign objects entering the eyes.
    • For high-velocity activities like cycling or skiing, goggles with impact-resistant lenses provide additional protection against flying debris and potential collisions.
  4. Enhancing Performance and Comfort:
    • Wearing the right eyewear can enhance your overall outdoor experience by improving comfort and visual clarity.
    • Lightweight, ergonomic designs with features like adjustable nose pads and rubberized temples ensure a secure and comfortable fit, even during vigorous activities.
    • Opting for specialized lenses tailored to specific conditions, such as tinted lenses for bright sunlight or photochromic lenses that adjust to changing light conditions, can further optimize performance and visibility.
  5. Setting a Good Example:
    • Lastly, wearing protective eyewear sets a positive example for others, especially children and fellow outdoor enthusiasts.
    • By prioritizing eye safety, you demonstrate the importance of taking proactive measures to protect your health and well-being while enjoying outdoor activities.
    • Encourage friends and family members to join you in wearing sunglasses or goggles whenever they step outside, promoting a culture of eye health awareness.
      • Protective eyewear is not just a fashion accessory; it’s a crucial tool for safeguarding your eyes during outdoor activities. Whether you’re soaking up the sun, shredding down a mountain, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll, investing in quality sunglasses or goggles with UV protection, polarized lenses, and impact resistance can make all the difference in preserving your eye health and enhancing your outdoor experience. So, before you embark on your next adventure, don’t forget to protect your eyes—they’ll thank you for it in the long run.
Tatum Eyecare is North Phoenix’s premier family eye care center. We’ve spared no expense to create the most pleasant, comfortable patient experience… including the finest furnishings, the best selection of prescription eyeglass frames, the most cutting-edge technology, and the most outstanding team of industry professionals. Come see why the choice for family eye care in the Valley has never been clearer.

Dr. Bryan Fuller

Dr. Bryan Fuller of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Fuller grew up in Issaquah, Washington and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University. He decided to ditch the calculator and trade it in for a phoropter and slit lamp. He headed east to The Ohio State University where he received his Optometry degree in 1998. Go Bucks! Not wanting to return to the gray of Washington, after graduation, he headed southwest to sunny Arizona. Shortly thereafter he met Dr. McPhelan and they partnered up at their original location, Optical Illusions. With the success of the first location, the two doctors opened up their north location, Optique at the Ridge. After many years of operating the two locations, it was time for an upgrade. In 2016 they merged the two locations into their larger and current location, Tatum Eyecare! When not at the office, Dr. Fuller enjoys spending his free time with his amazing wife and two boys. Dr. Fuller holds the following degrees:

Ohio State University - Doctorate of Optometry
Washington State University - B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Dr. James McPhelan

Dr. James McPhelan of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. McPhelan grew up in Southern California and enlisted in the Army at age 17. He graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 1976, then started practicing optometry in Arizona in 1977. Over the next few years, he grew 20/20 Eye Care to 15 offices. In 1999, he and Dr. Fuller took over Optical Illusions, then opened Optique at the Ridge. In 2016, they created Tatum Eyecare. In his spare time, Dr. McPhelan is an avid golfer, often competing in multiple tournaments through the year. Dr. McPhelan holds the following degrees:

Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Houle

Dr. Houle
Dr. Houle is following in her father's footsteps as an optometrist. She is a North Dakota native who received her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota before earning her Doctorate of Optometry from Midwestern University - Arizona College of Optometry. Dr. Houle began her career in eye care more than 10 years ago, and she worked as a receptionist, optician, and technician before becoming an optometrist. She has a particular interest in the management of ocular disease including dry eye and glaucoma. In her free time, Dr. Houle is an avid baseball fan (go Twins!) and spends as much time as possible with her friends and family in both Arizona and North Dakota.

Midwestern University – Arizona College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry
University of North Dakota - Bachelor of Science: Biology

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel

Dr. Kenneth O'Daniel of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. O’Daniel was born in the beautiful mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Wright State University and graduated with his BS in Biology in 1977; shortly thereafter, beginning his Masters in BioChemistry.

Dr. O’Daniel is also a 1983 graduate of the Illinois College Optometry. He met his wife Lori during this period. Lori, a Chicago native, became an integral part of his practice (and life!) shortly thereafter.
He moved to Scottsdale in 1986 to begin practicing inside LensCrafters. In 1990 Dr. O'Daniel opened the Scottsdale LensCrafters, and he also presided as its director of Optometric services.
Dr. O’Daniel became an Optometrist because of his love and passion for photography, physics, and desire provide patients with the ability to see the world more clearly. As a licensed optometrist, Dr. O’Daniel provides complete eye care services for the surrounding communities ages seven and up.
Dr. O’Daniel has had a working relationship with both Dr. Fuller and McPhellan for over two decades. He has served as past director for the Arizona Optometric Association, and past President of the Central Arizona Optometric Society. In January, 2018 Dr. O’Daniel decided to join Tatum Eye Care, the premier Eye Care Center in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Dr. O’Daniel’s goal is simple: Provide Excellent Eye Care, treat patients as family, and treat everyone honestly and fairly!

Dr. Christina Wong

Dr. Christina Wong of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
A southern California native, Dr. Wong attended UCLA where she received her B.S. in Biology. She then completed her Doctorate of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Wong moved to Arizona to complete a residency in ocular disease at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Following residency, Dr. Wong earned the distinction of Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Wong provides comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages, from pediatrics through seniors. She has a special interest in the management of medical eye conditions including glaucoma, eye infections, dry eye and diabetic retinopathy.
Outside of the office, Dr. Wong enjoys running, going to the beach, rooting for the Bruins, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
University of California Los Angeles - B.S. in Biology
Southern California College of Optometry - Doctorate of Optometry

Dr. Ryan Felten

Dr. Felten of Tatum Eye Care in Phoenix Arizona
Dr. Felten is a native to Arizona, and was raised in North Phoenix where most of his family still resides. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University; then returned home to Arizona to pursue his Doctor of Optometry at Midwestern University in Glendale. While at Midwestern University, he was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy. Dr. Felten enjoys working with patients of all ages and also speaks fluent Spanish. Dr. Felten holds the following degrees:

Brigham Young University - Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Midwestern University - Doctorate of Optometry