Help protect your vision from dangerous UV rays by wearing the best sunglasses for your eyes.
We all know how important it is to shield our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays by applying sunblock to our exposed skin.
Much like our skin, your eyes are extremely sensitive to the sun’s UV rays too, and it’s just as important to protect your eyes from the sun, as it is your skin. Any amount of continual contact with harmful UV radiation may cause eye damage.
Exposure to harmful UV radiation, even in just a small period of time, could actually result in photokeratitis, also known as sunburn to the eye, resulting in pain, blurred vision, or even temporary vision loss. If the eye is exposed for a much longer period of time, threatening eye diseases such a cataracts or macular degeneration could occur.
The Right Amount of Protection
The obvious answer on how to avoid getting UV rays in contact with your eyes is to wear sunglasses. But not all sunglasses are created equal.
When shopping around, look for sunglasses that have a UV protection of 100 percent. Surprisingly, the amount of UV protection is unrelated to the color and darkness of the lens. A light colored lens may provide the same UV protection as a darker lens.
Also, remember to wear your sunglasses even when you’re in the shade. Although shade reduces the UV ray exposure, your eyes may still be exposed to UV rays reflecting off of other surfaces.
Sunglasses Size and Material
Choosing the size of your sunglasses is just as important as picking the proper lens protection. Sunglasses that offer side protection , like Jonathan Paul “Fitovers,” are more likely to block out dangerous UV light from entering your eyes through the side and back of the glasses.
Oversized or wrap around sunglasses offer the best coverage for the soft tissues inside and outside of your eyes.
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