Protecting Your Vision from Everyday Sun Damage

As much as you protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, more so with your vision or your eyes. The sun’s intense ultraviolet rays damage your eyes’ sensitive cells that greatly affect your vision. Although the exact amount of UV rays to cause eye damage is not yet known, the effects are accumulated and may lead to vision problems in later life such as cataracts or clouding of the eye lens. The sun’s eye damaging effects are usually long-term, taking many years before you experience the signs and symptoms, but there are also short-term conditions such as photo conjunctivitis and photokeratitis, or the inflammation of the eyes’ outer membrane, and UV exposure where your eye feels sore, tired and gritty after a day boating, skiing, or swimming at the beach.

Reflected UV rays coming from snow, dry sand, sea foam, and water are more dangerous than direct sunlight because they reflect UV radiation from 25% to 80%. So how can you protect your eyes from sun damage? Wearing sunglasses for women looks stylish, but more than the aesthetic appeal, it helps protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. It is best to purchase sunglasses limiting UV transmission to no more than 1% UVA and 1% UVB rays (preferably blocking at least 99% to 100% of the UV rays). Consider purchasing oversized sunglasses or wraparound-style sunglasses because the bigger the sunglasses, the better because it provides more coverage to your eyes for lesser sun damage, help cutting down on ultraviolet rays entering the eyes from the side. When it comes to buying sunglasses, keep in mind that dark lenses do not necessarily block more ultraviolet rays, though they may look cool and they are ideal for people with high sensitivity to light. The color of sunglasses may come in green, gray or amber lenses, but the color does not matter, but it can be useful for athletes playing golf or baseball. There is an increasing demand for polarized sunglasses but keep in mind that polarized sunglasses don’t necessarily offer more protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays but they can cut glare that comes off from reflective surfaces such as pavement or water, making activities like being in the water or driving safer and more fun.

When it comes to buying a new pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging effects, check the tag for 100% UV-blocking, and it doesn’t mean it needs to be expensive because even less expensive or affordable pairs make superior protection. If you’re going out under the sun, it is best to protect your eyes using a combination of quality sunglasses, contact lenses with UV-blocking, and a wide-brimmed hat. It is important to take a rest and have a good night sleep because if you’re not getting as much sleep as you should, then that’s not good for your eyes.

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