Why Sunglasses are Good for Your Eyes
People wear sunglasses for various reasons, but did you know that wearing sunglasses can also help protect your eyes? Sunglasses are good for your eyes because they provide several benefits that help protect both the front and back of the eye. This article by Mountain Eye Care discusses five reasons why sunglasses are good for your eyes. At our vision care facility, we make it our mission to inform our patients and the public about proper vision care. Read on to learn some reasons why sunglasses are good for your eyes, especially in the summer months.
Protection Against UV Rays
Sunlight contains ultraviolet radiation, which can be harmful to the eyes. Wearing sunglasses provides effective protection against UVA and UVB rays that cause sunburns, cancerous growths, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Protection Against Harmful Reflections
Many people who suffer from snow blindness get it because of too much exposure to the reflection of sunlight off frozen snow. Since clear glass is not a good filter of light, wearing sunglasses helps prevent this harmful exposure to bright lights or reflective surfaces like water or sand. When glare causes vision loss, our doctors prescribe special anti-glare lenses to reduce the chance of permanent eye damage.
Protection Against Mechanical Injury
The light that is too bright can be harmful to the eyes, even when there are no UV or reflective dangers present. Sunglasses help protect against this type of vision loss due to mechanical injury, where excessive brightness irritates the eyes and causes them to suffer from sunburn-like symptoms like redness and tearing. To reduce the risk of developing these symptoms, it’s important to always wear sunglasses in any situation where bright light could potentially cause problems for your eyes.
Protection Against Disease
To protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including wet AMD which is associated with a higher risk of vision loss, you should wear sunglasses one hour before going outside until two hours after coming out of the sun. Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from damage, but they can also reduce the risk of developing AMD by blocking UV and high-energy visible (HEV) blue light which may cause this disease to develop faster.
Protection Against Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is caused by staring at a computer or digital device for long periods of time. Symptoms of this condition include blurred vision, headaches, neck aches, and poor posture as a result of prolonged exposure to bright computer screens. Wearing sunglasses while working on a computer helps ease discomfort because it reduces glare, thereby reducing eye strain. If you are experiencing symptoms of CVS, schedule an eye exam to determine whether or not your eyeglass prescription needs to be updated or if special lenses are needed for your computer screen.
To learn more about how sunglasses can protect your vision and contact our team at Mountain Eye Care today. We also have a massive selection of sunglasses from all of the hottest and most popular brands.