Dr. Jim Martin 11/25/2015

sunglasses.jpgIn recent years sunglasses have become something of a fashion statement. There are literally thousands of options to choose from. You can pick frame style, lens colors, and everything in between to achieve the exact look you’re going for. While sunglasses are often seen as a fashion accessory, they are also an important tool for eye health.

Sunglasses block out harmful rays and protect your eyes from the danger of the sun. For those in the know about the health benefits of sunglasses, some still wonder whether or not you need to wear sunglasses in cloudy weather. We have the answers you have been looking for.

Do I Need To Wear Sunglasses On Cloudy Days?

The simple answer is, yes. While it may seem like sunglasses are important during sunny days, they are equally necessary during cloudier periods of time. Harmful rays that can damage your eyesight can still affect your eyes even if there is ample cloud cover. Sunglasses should be worn when you are outdoors regardless of the cloud cover or season, just like you are supposed to wear sunscreen even if it is cloudy outdoors.

Are Sunglasses Necessary In The Winter?

Absolutely. The sun can be just as harmful to your eyesight in the winter as it is in the summer. While it might cool down, temperature wise, the sun's rays are still strong and can be damaging. Wear sunglasses during the winter to protect your eyes from the sun.

Are All Sunglasses The Same?

The simple answer to this one is, no. Not all sunglasses are created equally. To achieve the sun protection you are looking for, you'll want to opt for a high quality pair of sunglasses. The glasses you pick should offer between 99%-100% protection from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA and UVB rays are harmful to the eyes and contribute to the development of cataracts. Polarized lenses offer exceptional protection from sun damage. If you are unsure of what would best suit your needs, consult an eye care professional.

What Else Can I Do To Protect My Eyes From The Sun?

Besides wearing sunglasses, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat. This can help you in two ways – not only will it protect your eyes from the sun, but it will also add extra protection for the delicate skin on your face. You can also avoid being in the sun when it is strongest. In most locations in the United States the sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you are in need of sunglasses or other eye care, call the professionals at Broome Optical. We will be happy help you find the right eye care for your unique vision situation.

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