Here’s Why You Need Sunglasses this Summer!
With the arrival of warmer weather the urge to put on that SPF and get outdoors is only natural! While we are taking the necessary steps to protect our skin, what are we doing to protect our eyes?
Our eyes are important when it comes to sun protection this summer! Here’s some information on why you need sunglasses with UV protection:
How can sunglasses protect my eye health?
The sun gives off Ultraviolet radiation commonly referred to as UV rays. These UV rays are not seen by the human eye, but are still very harmful. Selecting sunglasses that clearly indicate protection against both UVA and UVB rays will help prevent long-term sun damage to your eyes!
Wearing sunglasses with adequate UV protection can decrease your risk of developing Macular Degeneration and Cataracts. That’s because even with polarized sunglasses our pupils can expand, allowing more harmful light to reach the back of the eye. That means damage to the retina and worsening of existing Cataracts! The National Eye Institute estimates 20% of cases of Cataracts are caused by extended UV exposure.
So just what are the benefits of wearing sunglasses for your eye health?
Did you know that our eyelids have the thinnest skin on our entire body? That makes the area surrounding our eyes and our eyes themselves sensitive to certain types of skin cancers such as Basal cell! Wearing large sunglasses to protect our eyes and this sensitive skin helps to prevent skin cancer and other sun related ailments of the eye.
But how do I know if I’m getting the protection I need?
It starts with purchasing your sunglasses from a trustworthy vision retailer. Purchasing sunglasses that don’t clearly indicate protection against UVA and UVB rays will leave your eyes at risk.
Choosing sunglasses with only polarization or tint will help with color distortion but will not protect you from Ultraviolet rays.
The American Optometric Association recommends that your sunglasses should offer:
- Protection of 99-100% against UVA and UVB rays
- 75-90% of visible light should be screened out by sunglasses
- Gray colored lens to keep color distortion to a minimum
- Good color and absorption of light as well as no distortion or imperfections
You can maintain your eye health by having regular yearly eye exams. Our Optometrists will screen your eye health by checking your retina for signs of UV and other damage. Completing yearly comprehensive eye exams with your Optometrist can help preserve ocular well-being!
June 27th is National Sunglasses day, we hope you join us in putting on your best pair of shades and supporting long-term eye health!
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Trillium Eye Care
14866 Old St Augustine Rd,
Jacksonville, FL, 32258