Sure, sunglasses make you look pretty cool and sophisticated during these hot summer months. With all the new styles and fashions, wearing a slick pair of shades has never been so “in” before. But, did you know that “looking good” merely scratches the surface of the benefits and importance of wearing UV protected sunglasses? Let’s look at the top reasons why every child and adult should make a practice of wearing sunglasses regularly.
- Safe From Debris – Sunglasses can help shield eyes from flying debris whether it is sand at the beach or dust and dirt around the yard. Physical damage to eyes can mean a loss of sight or damage to the outer covering of the eye called the cornea.
- Less Eye Strain – The sun makes us naturally squint to block the suns rays. Squinting and straining to see can be detrimental to your eyes as well as the skin around the eyes. Think crows feet!
- Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer – According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “The eyelid region is one of the most common sites for nonmelanoma skin cancers.” 10% of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid. Sunglasses with a protective coating that can block the harmful rays of the sun and can help reduce that percentage.
- Protect the Structures of the Eye – Ultraviolet rays from sun exposure can cause a number of eye health problems including cataracts and macular degeneration. Long-term exposure to UV rays without any eye protection may lead to these problems. Just like you would not go out without sunscreen on your skin, don’t go out without eye protection.
- Reduce Sun Glare – As drivers, we have all had the occasion when the sun gets in our eyes and momentarily blinds us from properly seeing the road. Sunglasses can cut down on that glare and keep our vision safe while taking part in a high risk activity like driving.