You probably wear sunglasses when you’re at the beach, sitting by the pool, or driving on a sunny day. But do you wear them every day? Eye doctors recommend that you wear sunglasses whenever you are outside, even on a cloudy day. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun and provide many health benefits. Here’s why it’s smart to wear sunglasses every day.
Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
The sun’s harmful UV rays can damage your eyes. Even short exposures to the sun can add up and eventually lead to permanent eye damage. Both UVA and UVB rays can be harmful, so make sure you get sunglasses that protect against both. It is also helpful if sunglasses wrap around the sides of your face to block sunlight from getting in around your sunglasses.
Shield Your Eyes from Debris
In addition to sun protection, sunglasses also protect your eyes from sand, dust, and other debris that could be blowing in the wind. Even the wind itself, when it is very strong, can be harmful to your eyes. Always wear eye protection when riding motorcycles, watercraft, ATVs, and any open-air vehicle. You should also wear eye protection (sunglasses or ski goggles) when skiing or snowboarding to protect your eyes from snow and the sun’s glare off of the snow.
Drive More Safely
Wearing sunglasses while driving is very important. When the sun is glaring off of other vehicles or when it is rising or setting, it can make it difficult to see. Visors in cars can only help so much. It is a good idea to keep a good pair of sunglasses in your car and wear them daily. Even when you’re the passenger you should still wear sunglasses in the car.
Avoid or Reduce Headaches
Bright sunlight can cause headaches or make an existing headache worse. Wearing sunglasses daily can reduce or prevent headaches. If you suffer from migraines, bright sunlight can be a trigger or make a migraine unbearable, but sunglasses can help prevent them and soothe the symptoms.
Recovering from Eye Surgery
If you’ve recently had eye surgery, your doctor will recommend that you wear sunglasses all the time for a while. After lasik, PRK, or other surgeries your eyes will be more sensitive than usual. Wear sunglasses whenever you are outside, or even inside if it helps your eyes to feel less sensitive to the light.
Wearing Sunglasses Reduces Your Risk of:
- Glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye condition characterized by fluid buildup in the eye that puts excess pressure on the optic nerve. Sun exposure is a potential cause of this issue.
- Cataracts. Characterized by a cloudy film or membrane over the eye’s lens, cataracts are said to be partly caused by extended sun exposure. Cataracts must be surgically removed.
- Macular Degeneration. The macula is part of the retina in the eye. It can start to deteriorate, eventually leading to blindness. Wearing sunglasses can help to reduce macular degeneration.
- Skin Cancer. The sensitive skin around the eyes is highly susceptible to skin cancer. Wearing sunglasses can protect the skin as well as the eyes.
- Pterygium. A condition known as “surfer’s eye” is a growth on the eye. It is not cancerous but can be very painful. It is treated with steroid eye drops and sometimes surgery. But protecting your eyes from the sun can help to prevent it.
Benefits of Prescription Sunglasses
If you wear glasses all the time rather than contacts, it can help to have prescription sunglasses. Clip-on sunglasses may work, but are not as effective as prescription sunglasses which will provide better sight and sun protection.
Get Quality Prescription Sunglasses at Andrews Eyecare Center
Now that you know the reasons for wearing sunglasses every day, you may want a more comfortable pair of prescription sunglasses. Andrews Eyecare Center recommends that if you wear glasses, you should have prescription sunglasses. We can provide you with a stylish, comfortable pair of sunglasses that will protect your eyes from sun damage and keep them healthy.