We can all agree that a beautiful pair of sunglasses always makes for a great fashion statement piece to elevate your outfit! That being said, if you think sunglasses were made to be merely a fashion accessory, think again. These pairs of shades were definitely invented for more than one good reason!
Aside from blocking the sun's harmful UV rays, sunglasses protect your eyes from other potentially dangerous ailments. We’ve gathered for you 5 important reasons to wear your sunglasses everyday, even on cloudy days!
1. Eye Sunburn
We protect our skin from sunburn and other side effects of sun exposure daily by applying sunscreen with a high SPF, but did you know that sunburn can also happen to your eyes? Eye sunburn is caused by overexposure to the sun’s UV rays, and it’s called "photokeratitis," also known as snow blindness. When the sun's UV rays reflect off of a surface, such as sand, water, ice, or snow, they bounce back towards our eyes and damage our cornea.
Like a skin sunburn, symptoms of photokeratitis aren't noticeable until after there's damage already. Symptoms include pain, blurred vision, seeing halos, headaches, and temporary vision loss in some cases. Photokeratitis usually goes away on its own after a while, but if symptoms persist, it's best to see an eye doctor immediately.
Many studies show that chronic sunlight exposure can increase the risk of cataracts in the eyes later in life, therefore eye doctors often reiterate the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes the sun’s harmful rays. Cataracts are the clouding of the lens of the eye. This eye problem is treated surgically by removing your lens and replacing it with an artificial one. While cataracts usually manifest in old age, you can help reduce your chance of undergoing cataract surgery by protecting your eyes from now. Always keep your sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection close at hand in any season, even on cloudy days.
3. Eye Growth
Aside from the sun's harsh rays, other outside factors, such as smoke, dust, and pollens can also damage your eyes. Exposure to these may cause you to develop eye growth or coverings in the conjunctiva, the white part of your eye.
There are two types of eye growth: pinguecula and pterygium. Pinguecula is yellowish and is a deposit of protein, fat, or calcium. Pterygium is a growth of fleshy tissue with blood vessels that sometimes start as pinguecula. It may grow large enough to cover the cornea, leading to loss of vision. The most effective form of prevention against the development of eye growth is regularly wearing sunglasses and hats with a brim when in the sun, said a professor in the department of ophthalmology and vision sciences at the University of Toronto.
4. Eye Cancer
While rare, the risk of intraocular melanoma or eye cancer increases with more exposure to ultraviolet rays. Signs to watch out for are blurring, having "floaters" or spots in your field of vision, and seeing flashes of light. Treatments include surgery, radiation, laser beam therapy, and thermotherapy. For this reason, it is always recommended to wear sunglasses year-round whenever you are out in the sun, whether it be summer season or winter season.
5. Crow's Feet
We’ve mentioned the dangerous side-effects of the sun’s harmful rays on the eyes, but not to forget the skin! UV rays cause dryness on our skin, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Because the skin around our eyes is thinner and more sensitive, they are more susceptible to signs of ageing than any area in our face. Crow's feet, or fine lines around the eyes, can be lessened and prevented by wearing sunglasses. Squinting also causes crow's feet, and you can suppress the urge to squint when exposed to the sun on a glaring sunny day by wearing your sunglasses.
When looking to purchase a pair of sunglasses, be sure to check the quality of protection they have. Some sunglasses don't have a full UV protection and are mostly made as a fashion accessory. The best sunglasses to protect your eyes must have lenses that are 100% UVA and UVB protection, and if possible, equipped with a polarized filter as well. Not only will they protect your eyes, but the visual clarity and comfort will be significantly superior. Whether you're driving to work or taking a morning stroll, never leave the house without a pair of good quality protective sunglasses!
At Kraywoods, we pride ourselves for not only designing fashionable sunglasses, but also offering the best protection possible for your eyes with the highest quality lenses.
All our sunnies are equipped with UV400 lenses, offering 100% UVA and UVB protection, and mostly made with a polarized filter for optimized visual clarity and comfort.
If you’re looking to treat yourself with a pair of wooden sunglasses with the best protection for your eyes, take a look at our store to find the best pair that suits your style!
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