The sunglasses are not only fashion accessory, they provide protection for your eyes from sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and protect eyes from dust and wind. To find out why is important to wear sunglasses year-round, read the next text.
Protection from UV rays
The most obvious benefit of wearing sunglasses is the protection they provide from the sun’s UV rays. Cancers of the eyelid make up 5 to 10 percent of all skin cancers according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Also sun exposure of the eye can lead to serious eye damage and face disfigurement. Extended exposure to the sun can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration.
The World Health Organization reports that, worldwide, approximately 900,000 people are blind because of cataracts—cloudiness in the lens of the eye—triggered by UV exposure. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.
Over time UV light may play a role in damaging the retina and destroying central vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
Photokeratitis is a sunburn of the eye. It is temporary (heals within 48 hours) but can be painful, causing blurred vision, light sensitivity, and the sensation of having sand in your eye.
Reduced dry-eye symptoms
People who suffer from dry-eye syndrome often experience an increase in symptoms while in dry, windy climates. The environment can have a negative effect on your eyes due to weather, debris, and dust. Unfortunately, these elements are present year-round, not just during the summer. Sunglasses protect your eyes from things like wind and debris all year round.
No glare when driving
If you are a driver, you already know the uncomfortable feeling we are talking about. But wearing sunglasses while driving not only helps you feel more comfortable, but it also keeps you and your passengers safe. The sun’s glare increases the risk of getting into a car accident, which is why wearing sunglasses while driving is crucial to your safety – and to the safety of others on the road.
Squint no more
Squinting because of the sun is harmful to your eyesight. It also causes wrinkles on the sensitive skin around your eyes. If you’re not concerned about the health of your eyes, perhaps looking younger longer will encourage you to wear sunglasses.
Wearing sunglasses all year is crucial to your eye health and prevents serious conditions.
When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your vision sharp and eyes healthy. A wide-brimmed hat offers great protection, too!