The importance of wearing sunglasses for eye health

The importance of wearing sunglasses for eye health

Health
18 Oct 2022

Sunglasses aren’t just another stylish accessory; they are the key to good eye health. The most important advantage of wearing sunglasses is that they protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light can damage the eyes including the eyelid, cornea, lens, and retina.

When to wear your sunglasses?

Whether it’s winter or summer, cloudy or sunny, you’re always subject to harmful ultraviolet exposure. Snow and water can also reflect sunlight, so it’s important to wear sunglasses when hitting the ski slopes this winter. Especially since excessive UV exposure can lead to a corneal burn. There are two different types of UV rays which are UVA and UVB.

The harmful effects of UVA and UVB on the eyes

First, you should know that a cataract is a cloudiness of the lens in your eye. The lens bends the received light rays and focuses them onto your retina. The eyes' lenses must be clear to transmit the light without any scattering or loss. However, the lenses gradually get cloudy after age 30. By the 60s and 70s, the amount of light penetrance into the eye will be decreased by the cloudiness which will scatter the incoming light.

So, people with cataracts will have a dim and fuzzy vision. Of course, aging is the most important cause of cataracts, but exposure to UVB accelerates cataract formation. This cataract formation can be reduced by roughly 5% with appropriate UV protection which can be achieved by simply wearing sunglasses.

What to look for when choosing new sunglasses?

Several factors must be considered when selecting a new pair of sunglasses:

  • 100% UV protection: This means your sunglasses should be able to filter out all of the harmful UV rays that may harm your eyes.
  • A wraparound style: Bigger frames can offer more coverage. So, wraparound glasses can reduce the amount of UV exposure because they cover your eyes probably.
  • Polarization: This optional feature can reduce the glare making the sunglasses more comfortable for your eyes.
  • Tinting: The color of the sunglasses is only cosmetic. So, you can choose any color that best suits your taste.

The beauty benefit of wearing sunglasses

 Sunglasses can help protect the delicate skin around the eyes from aging. As you know, the eyelid skin is one of the thinnest skins on our body, and that’s why it’s more at risk for sunlight damage.

Does the price matter?

The biggest difference between inexpensive and high-end sunglasses is that more expensive versions have better frames! The most important thing is to have 100% ultraviolet protection regardless of the price of the sunglasses.

Eyetician has a wide range of affordable sunglasses that offer 100% ultraviolet protection. Our products are made from high-quality materials to ensure you get the best safety for your eyes.