Most people choose to wear sunglasses to cut down on the sun’s glare.
We all know the damage that the sun can do to your skin, but did you know that the sun also damages your eyes!
Reason #1- prevent sun damage
Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause damage to your eyes. Some of the damage is quite serious – it could
- cause cataracts
- increase your risk of macula degeneration
- cause photokeratitis, which can cause blotchy vision or temporary blindness
- increase the possibility of skin cancer on the skin around your eyes
Reason #2 – protection from the elements
The great outdoors can also damage your eyes. Sunglasses provide protection from wind, dust and sand.
Sand can scratch your eye causing permanent damage and wind and dust can irritate and damage eyes.
Reason #3 – fewer headaches or migraines
Bright sunlight can be a trigger for migraines and bad headaches, and sunglasses can reduce the intensity of the sun. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from damage caused by the sun, but not all sunglasses offer the same level of protection.
The price of sunglasses, the darkness, and colour of the lenses is not a good indication of the quality or protection offered by the glasses – what matters is that your sunglasses block UVA and UVB rays and reduce glare.
Prescription sunglasses provide clear protected vision and can provide protection from the sun and enable you to see clearly in the distance and/or up close without needing to change glasses.
Come and see us for a free sunglass assessment and make sure not only your skin, but your eyes are protected from the sun!