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. Although it may take years before you experience the sun’s damaging effects t your eyes, there are also cases where acute or short-term damage happens such as in photo conjunctivitis and photokeratitis, or the inflammation of the eyes’ outer membrane.
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%. What can you do to protect your eyes from sun damage? It is really stylish wearing sunglasses for women, and more than the look, sunglasses help in protecting your eyes from the damaging 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). 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. It is also important to remember that darker lenses do not necessarily block more ultraviolet rays, but they are good 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. 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.
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. 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.