How to Protect 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 experts are having difficulty determining the exact amount of UV rays that can cause eye damage, the effects are cumulative and may result in eye problems in later life such as cataracts or clouding of the eye lens. It may take years for you to notice the result of the damaging effects of the sun to your eyes, but there are also acute or short-term cases such as photo conjunctivitis and photokeratitis, or the inflammation of the eyes’ outer membrane.
In fact, the reflected UV rays coming from water, dry sand, sea foam, and snow are more dangerous than direct sunlight because they reflect UV radiation from up to 25% to 80%. What can you do to 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 choose sunglasses that restrict transmission to no more than one percent UVA and one percent UVB rays (preferably blocking at least 99% to 100% of the UV rays). The bigger the sunglasses, the better because it provides more coverage to your eyes for lesser sun damage, so you may consider purchasing oversized sunglasses or wraparound-style sunglasses. 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. Polarized sunglasses do not cut UV but cut glare coming off from reflective surfaces such as pavement or water, making activities such as being in the water or driving more enjoyable and safe.
The price is not an important factor when choosing the best sunglasses for you because even less expensive pairs make superior protection and 100% UV-blocking, just ensure you check the specification before purchasing. The next time you go outdoors, under the sun, be sure to provide superior protection for your eyes through a combination of contact lenses with UV-blocking, quality sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Be sure that after a long day of work, 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 as well.