Sunglasses and fashion go hand in hand. They are effortlessly cool and make a great addition to any outfit, but sunglasses do so much more than look pretty. They are crucial for healthy eyes and vision comfort. Ultraviolet radiation emitted from the sun can have harmful effects on the retina, lens, cornea, and eyelid resulting in problems like cataracts and macular degeneration. Sunglasses main function should be to keep your eyes safe. Make sure your lenses block ultraviolet rays so you can protect yourself and look good doing it!
Who needs them?
In short, everyone! Kids often spend more time outside than adults. Damage to eyes is cumulative, so the earlier a person wears sunglasses the better. As we age, our eyes are more sensitive to glare. In this way, wearing sunglasses not only make it easier to see while they’re on, they also help keep your vision strong throughout your life.
When to wear them?
Seems like an easy answer, but it is a common misconception that we should wear sunglasses only when it is sunny. Ultraviolet rays are present even on cloudy days. Just as we protect our skin year round, we need to do the same for healthy eyes. Be especially vigilant about wearing them when around water or snow. Snow and water reflect the sunlight, giving you a double dose of rays-direct and reflected.
What to look for when buying sunglasses?
100% UVA and UVB protection! Sunglasses with this protection will say on the box or have a sticker providing you with that information. Wraparound or oversized sunglasses give you more coverage on the sides. Look for sunglasses that have polycarbonate lenses. These lenses are shatterproof, adding protection from impact and debris. Some people prefer a polarized lens. To learn if this is something that would be beneficial to you, checkout “Are Polarized Lenses Right For Me?” Know that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get these safeguards. Quality and affordability can be found with all of Tifosi Optics’ sunglasses.
As an added bonus, sunglasses protect the fragile skin on your eyelids and around the eye. Lenses with UV protection block out the rays that can damage this thin skin. They also stop you from squinting, thus delaying the dreaded crow’s feet!
Eyes are said to be the windows of the soul. We know they are the windows to the world. Protect and comfort your eyes by habitually wearing sunglasses.