How they help and what to look for in your next pair.
Wearing sunglasses can do more for you than merely making you look cool. Good quality shades protect your eye health! Just like sunscreen, you should wear your sunglasses every time you go outside. With long-term use, you reduce your risk of short and long-term vision and eye problems—the cool factor is just a bonus.
With such an important job, there are a few things you should think about when sunglasses shopping.
How They Help
- Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Too much UVA and UVB exposure to your eyes can lead to cataracts, destroy your retina causing macular degeneration, or thicken eye tissue.
- Wearing sunglasses regularly will also help reduce wrinkles around the eyes, caused by too much sun exposure and a whole lot of squinting.
- Sand, snow and other debris is more likely to be deflected from entering your eye.
Picking the perfect pair
- Fit: The bigger the better. Larger sunglasses mean more surface area that is being protected.
- UV Protection: Always look for sunglasses labelled as being 100% UVA and 100% UVB protection (or UV400). If it isn’t, put them back on the rack!
- Lenses: Reflective metallic, green, blue, purple, black—it doesn’t matter as long as they are 100% UVA/UVB protection. The different colored or polarized lenses do, however, help with contrast and glare for things such as skiing or watersports.
- Visible Light: Make sure the pair you grab screens 75-90% visible light.
The next time you grab the sunscreen before going outside, make sure you have your sunglasses, too! Your eyes will thank you.