Donning sunglasses has been a fashion statement for
many years. For some people sunglasses have always been a part of dressing up
for a stylish summer getaway.
However, ophthalmologists say that they are much more than a
fashion accessory. Sunglasses
are an important tool in safeguarding the health of your eyes and the
Just as ultraviolet rays of the
sun can harm skin,
they can also damage the lens and cornea of the eyes. Eye specialists warn that too much exposure to ultraviolet rays raises
the risks of eye diseases,
which cloud the eye's lens and lead to diminished eyesight, growth on the eye and ocular melanoma, a type of cancer
that develops in the cells that produce pigment.
Conditions like cataract and eye cancers can take many years to develop,
but each time we're out in the sun without any protection we could be adding
harm that adds to our risks for these serious disorders.
Growths on the eye can show up in our teens or twenties,
especially in those who spend long hours under the mid-day sun or in the UV-intense
conditions found near rivers, oceans, and mountains.
bounces off highly reflective surfaces such as snow, water, sand, or pavement
can be extremely hazardous. People who work outdoors
surrounded by these surfaces have nearly four times the risk of developing
exfoliation syndrome, a harmful eye condition that increases the risk of
cataracts and glaucoma
as we age.
A number of scientific studies have shown that wearing
sunglasses plays an essential part in protecting the eyes from these threats as
it shields the weak tissue around the eye. Researchers also state that people
who donned sunglasses regularly when outdoors were at lower risk than those who
So, sunglasses are more than just a style statement.
However, not all sunglasses protect your eyes
Here are some tips to choose a perfect pair of
Optometrists say, one must be careful while selecting
a pair of sunglasses. High price doesn't mean high quality. They add that
cheap sunglasses are just
as good at protecting your eyes from UVA and UVB rays as their high-end counterparts.
Sunglasses, which advertise general UV protection, must be avoided and you have
to look for those that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB light rays. Some
company labels say "UV absorption up to 400nm," which also indicates 100
percent blockage. Also, just because the sunglasses may be darkly tinted does
not mean they block ultraviolet ray, the tint has nothing to do with
Select lens that is larger or has a wrap-around style as it can block more
light. Also, look for frames that will protect your eyes from all angles.
Choose sunglasses with a coating for polarization as the coating can cut out a
lot of the glare off of water and other surfaces.
Sunglasses made from pressed plastic
can cause distorted vision when you look to the right or left; choose
sunglasses with optically ground lenses for less distortion.
Moreover, if you love a frame, but the lenses don't offer sufficient
protection, take the frame to an optometric practice and have the lenses
replaced with polarized, Ultras Violet blocking lenses.