HOW DO SUNGLASSES PROTECT YOUR EYES?

Dr. Jim Martin 05/11/2016

sunglasses-on-bench.pngSunglasses certainly look cool but they also have the potential to preserve your eyesight.

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause severe damage to the eyes. Ultraviolet light is actually a type of radiation that modifies cells within the human body. Sun rays can wreak all sorts of havoc — like cancer of the eye, cancer of the eyelids, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and more. This damage doesn't occur all at once. Rather, it adds up over time in a cumulative fashion. Your eyes might be damaged from sun exposure yet the problems might not manifest until years or even decades have passed.

Be Proactive With A Pair Of Sunglasses

It is imperative that you make a commitment to wear sunglasses every time you step outside. If you have a child, nephew or niece, get them a pair of sunglasses as well. Protection should start in the childhood years and extend all the way into the senior citizen years. Kids' eyes are at an extraordinarily high risk for sun damage because their pupils are larger than those of older individuals. Larger pupils allow more light to enter the eyes, dramatically increasing the risk of cancer, cataracts, ARMD and other problems.

Exactly How Do Sunglasses Help?

Sunglasses block those damaging UV rays and their accompanying radiation. The result is a significant decrease in the odds of a potentially blinding eye diseases. Sunglasses also prevent airborne particles, wind, dirt and dust from entering your eyes.

Prescription sunglasses provide the same protection as non-prescription sunglasses as long as they are equal in lens size and UV protection. Transition lenses that darken when exposed to sunlight are another excellent option.

Don't face the brutal sun without ample eye protection! Let the doctors at Broom Optical help preserve the integrity of your vision. Check out our free infographic detailing the dangers of UV exposure and the best practices to prevent physical harm.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our opticians or frame stylist. We'll fit you with a stylish pair of sunglasses that safeguard your eyes against the sun and other threats.

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