The Health Benefits of Sunglasses
Sunglasses act like sunscreen for your eyes. Learn how they can help minimize some health risks.
When we think of protecting ourselves from the sun, our eyes are seldom a top priority. But, did you know that the sun’s harmful UV rays can actually burn the rentias of your eyes resulting in a number of medical issues? When looking for a pair of sunglasses, consider lenses that are polarized, which cut down on the sun’s glare, or lenses that wrap around the entire eye to prevent any side-light exposure. Below are a list of major health concerns regarding your eyes and sun exposure.
Skin Cancer– Because the skin around the eye is thin, it is more likely to see cases of carcinoma than other parts of the body. For this reason, it is crucial that you chose a pair of sunglasses that are UV-protective and cover the entire eye area.
Cataracts & Glaucoma– Cataracts, which are cloudy areas on the eye’s lense, can be worsened by prolonged sun exposure. Additionally, UV rays can increase and worsen symptoms associated in Glaucoma, even resulting in blindness.
Macular Degeneration– is a condition where part of the retina, called the macula, deteriorates, resulting in blurred vision and eventual blindness. While UV radiation can speed up this process, wearing sunglasses could help prevent the worsening of this disease.
Pterygium– Commonly referred to as “Surfer’s Eye,” Pterygium is a growth, which occurs on the eye causing impaired vision, inflammation, and pain due to UV ray exposure.
Photokeratitis– When our eyes are subjected to long term sun exposure, or reflection of sun rays via water, snow, and sand, they can become sunburned. While most cases of Photokeratitis heal within 48 hours, repeated burns can disrupt vision, increase light sensitivity, and cause severe pain.
Lastly, don’t let an overcast day fool you. UV rays still pass through cloud coverage and cause optical damage. Protect yourself with glare reducing lenses that cover the entire eye.
Headaches and Migraines– can be brought on, and intensified by bright lights. In fact, nearly 70% of all migraine sufferers report light sensitivity as the cause of their pain. Wearing polarized sunglasses can help reduce the severity and frequency with which headaches and migraines occur. If polarized lenses are not enough, try TheraSpec sunglasses, therapeutic lenses, which combat the sun’s blue light exposure.
Wearing fitted sunglasses that block peripheral light with flexible frames can help prevent headaches and migraines.
Even if you are a non sufferer, wearing sunglasses will help with fewer instances of eye strain and eye fatigue resulting in better comfort!
We carry a variety of sunglasses for all of your health needs. Browse our selection online, or visit a location near you, and let one of our professional staff members help you find the perfect shades to protect you!
Why Children Should Wear Sunglasses
By the age of 18, you will have received nearly 80% of your lifetime UV exposure!
That is why it is crucial children begin wearing sunglasses in order to prevent damage. Because children are still developing, their lenses are thinner and less equipped to deal with harsh sun exposure. Wearing proper fitted sunglasses can make all the difference when preventing vision loss and the worsening of degenerative diseases.
Do sunglasses really help to keep my eyes healthy?
YES! We cannot stress this enough. Many people understand that the sun’s UV rays can harm your skin, causing wrinkles, premature aging and skin cancer. The same rays that damage your skin hurt your eyes as well. Strong sunlight can burn the surface of the eye like a sunburn on the skin. Reflected sunlight (from the water, for example) is particularly dangerous. There is also evidence that exposure to UV light can contribute to the development of eye diseases that commonly occur as we age, such as cataract and macular degeneration.
Are lenses that transition okay for sunglasses?
When lenses that transition are exposed to ultraviolet light, they become darker or change to a different color. However most brands are not as effective in a car, or in any vehicle, with the “blue or gray stripe” on a windshield. Due to the ultraviolet blocking nature of the windshields, the lenses will remain relatively light when you are driving.
The ultimate sunglass experience can be enjoyed with “polarized” lenses. Polarized lenses offer the most protection and comfort to the eye. Strain and fatigue can become a thing of the past.
Can sunglasses help night vision?
Wearing sunglasses during the day dramatically improves your night vision. If your eyes are subjected to intense glare during the day, they will “defend themselves” by trying to adapt. This natural, built-in defense mechanism will persist for several hours after the glare is removed, resulting in reduced vision. Studies show that night vision can be reduced by as much as 50% by this exposure.