Most people know the sun’s rays can be damaging to our skin, but did you know they can also damage our eyes? While sunshine is a great mood-booster and allows you to enjoy countless outdoor activities, the eyes are especially vulnerable to the effects of ultraviolet light.
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to significant eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis.
Sunglasses are the best way to protect your vision and promote the lasting health of your eyes. 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 as well.
In addition to protecting your health, sunglasses help you see better in bright light. They cut down on glare and improve the colors and contrast of your view, so you can better take in your outdoor surroundings or drive more safely. Even on cloudy days, wearing sunglasses while driving can improve your vision and cut down on glare. If you’re fishing, polarized lenses will allow you to see past the surface of water more easily without that bright, reflective glare.
Sunglasses are also important in winter because fresh snow can reflect 80 percent of UV rays, nearly doubling your overall exposure to solar UV radiation. If you ski or snowboard, choosing the right lens is essential for adequate UV protection on the slopes.
If you are looking for a pair of sunglasses, we can help. We will find you the perfect pair, one that is comfortable and looks good too. If you have any questions or would like to look at our sunglasses options, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (970) 377-0005.