Sunglasses are not just a cute fashion accessory anymore, they are vital to protecting the health of your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. Most of us don’t realize that our eyes can be affected by the sun just as much as our skin can. I am pale and fair-skinned so I always notice when I get a sunburn…but I have never given much thought to my eyes.
What are the dangers of forgetting to protect our eyes from the sun?
1: Sunburned Eyes – this can cause irritation, redness, and swelling.
2: Cataracts – this causes the lens of your eye to become opaque, making your vision blurry.
3: Macular Degeneration – this is when a part of your eye deteriorates, causing you to become blind. Macular Degeneration is considered to be an incurable disease.
Sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection are your best defense against sun-related eye conditions!
Not just any sunglasses will do the trick. Most people choose sunglasses based on style, comfort, or price….not based on sun protection. Many companies create sunglasses that just tint the lenses, not protect you from UVA/UVB rays. There is a difference!
Three Myths About Sunglasses
1: All Sunglasses Have UVA and UVB Protection – many lenses do not block out all of the sun’s harmful rays, which is why it is vital to purchase sunglasses from a trusted source. Be sure that your lenses have a sticker that states they are UVA and UVB protective.
2: Sunglasses With UV Protection Are Expensive – getting the right protection can be very affordable and can be found at most reputable retailers.
3: The Darker the Lense, the Stronger the Protection – actually darkness has nothing to do with UV protection. In fact, if your lenses are dark but do not block out the UV rays, you can be doing more damage to your eyes than if you weren’t wearing sunglasses at all!
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Do My Kids Really Need to Be Wearing Sunglasses?
The answer is a resounding YES!!! Kids are actually exposed to 3 times more UV than adults, and their developing eyes are more vulnerable to the sun’s rays. Choose sunglasses designed specifically for children, and be sure to lead by example.
So go ahead, and rock those sunglasses! You will be doing your eyes a huge favor.
Together with The Vision Council, we are trying to spread the word about this very important issue. As a thank you from them, I was gifted a pair of Tommy Bahama UVA/UVB protective sunglasses and was also gifted a pair of sunglasses for my child.
Please visit The Vision Council‘s website for more important information about your eyes.