As much as you protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, it is also important to protect your eyes. The sun’s intense ultraviolet rays damage your eyes’ sensitive cells that greatly affect your vision. Although the exact amount of UV rays to cause eye damage is not yet known, the effects are accumulated and may lead to vision problems in later life such as cataracts or clouding of the eye lens. Although it may take years before you experience the sun’s damaging effects t your eyes, there are also cases where acute or short-term damage happens such as in photo conjunctivitis and photokeratitis, or the inflammation of the eyes’ outer membrane.
Reflected UV rays coming from snow, dry sand, sea foam, and water are more dangerous than direct sunlight because they reflect UV radiation from 25% to 80%. So how can you protect your eyes from sun damage? It is really stylish wearing sunglasses for women, and more than the look, sunglasses help in protecting your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. It is best to purchase sunglasses limiting UV transmission to no more than 1% UVA and 1% UVB rays (preferably blocking at least 99% to 100% of the UV rays). Consider purchasing oversized sunglasses or wraparound-style sunglasses because the bigger the sunglasses, the better because it provides more coverage to your eyes for lesser sun damage, help cutting down on ultraviolet rays entering the eyes from the side. When purchasing sunglasses, just keep in mind that though dark sunglasses are cool, dark lenses do not necessarily block more ultraviolet rays, but they are good for people with high sensitivity to light. The color of sunglasses does not matter, they just increase the contrast which can be useful for athletes playing golf or baseball. Polarized sunglasses don’t offer more protection from the sun’s UV rays but they can cut glare that comes off from reflective surfaces such as pavement or water, making activities like being in the water or driving safer and more fun.
When it comes to buying a new pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging effects, check the tag for 100% UV-blocking, and it doesn’t mean it needs to be expensive because even less expensive or affordable pairs make superior protection. So the next time you plan to hang outdoors, under the sun, be prepared with your UV-blocking contact lenses, quality sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Be sure that after a long day of work, rest and have a good night sleep because if you’re not getting as much sleep as you should, then that’s not good for your eyes as well.