Sunglasses are a not only a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV light is electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the human eye. There are many negative affects of UV light to your eyes, and when it comes to your vision, you want to take the proper precautions.
Below are four reasons why wearing sunglasses is so important!
- Two words: UV Protection. The sun’s UV radiation can cause cataracts, which are benign growths on the eye’s surface. While wide-brimmed hats and caps can help block around 50 percent of UV radiation from your eyes, most optometrists agree that this is not enough protection.
- Comfortable vision. The sun’s brightness and glare interferes with comfortable vision and the ability to see clearly by causing squinting and watering of the eyes.
- Spending just two or three hours in the bright sunlight can hamper your eyes’ ability to adapt quickly to nighttime or indoor light level. This can make driving at night after spending a day in the sun more hazardous.
- Skin cancer. Cancer of the eyelids and the skin around the eyes is more common than people think.
Keep your eyes healthy everyone! Wear protective eyewear, even on cloudy days and during winter months. Invest in quality sunglasses that offer your eyes the best protection. Quality sunglasses should block out 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation and screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light. Double-check to ensure that your sunglass lenses are perfectly matched in color and free of distortions and imperfections.
Never leave home without your sunglasses! Your eyes will thank you!