For many of us, when we think about purchasing sunglasses, the first thing we consider is style. But many people forget that sunglasses provide numerous benefits to the health and well-being of our eyes (outside of simply dimming the harsh sunlight).
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Just like your skin, UV Rays can damage your eyes. UV Rays can lead to cataracts, benign growths, and can cause the onset of macular degeneration (a condition that can result in blurred vision and affects central vision).
Did you know that up to 10% of all skin cancers occur on your eyelids? That’s a lot for such a small part of the body. Sunglasses provide your eyelids with substantial protection and can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer on that part of your body.
Your eyes can develop a condition similar to sunburn called photokeratitis from overexposure to the sun. Obviously, we can’t put sunscreen on our eyeballs. However, UV sunglasses, especially the wrap-around style, can help protect your eyes from this condition.
These are just three of the reasons that make it crucial for us to wear sunglasses for eye protection whenever we’re outdoors and in the sun for long periods of time. Some other important tips for using sunglasses include:
- Always make sure your children wear sunglasses. Children have larger pupils than adults, meaning they absorb more light and are more susceptible to UV rays.
- People with blue eyes are more sensitive to UV rays because they have less melanin than people with darker eyes.
- Those who have already had cataract surgery can be more susceptible to UV rays.
It’s good practice to make sure that you and your children always wear sunglasses when you’re outside for any extended period of time. Sunglasses are one fashion item that add more than just style to your life!
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