How to Protect Your Eyes from Everyday Sun Damage
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 experts are having difficulty determining the exact amount of UV rays that can cause eye damage, the effects are cumulative and may result in eye problems in later life such as cataracts or clouding of the eye lens. The sun’s eye damaging effects are usually long-term, taking many years before you experience the signs and symptoms, but there are also short-term conditions such as photo conjunctivitis and photokeratitis, or the inflammation of the eyes’ outer membrane, and UV exposure where your eye feels sore, tired and gritty after a day boating, skiing, or swimming at the beach.
You have to remember that the reflected UV rays coming from water, dry sand, sea foam, and snow are more dangerous than direct sunlight because they reflect UV radiation from 25% to 80%. What can you do to protect your eyes from sun damage? Wearing sunglasses for women looks stylish, but more than the aesthetic appeal, it helps protect your eyes from the harmful 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). The bigger the sunglasses, the better because it provides more coverage to your eyes for lesser sun damage, so you may consider purchasing oversized sunglasses or wraparound-style sunglasses. 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.
Make sure you purchase a pair of sunglasses with 100% UV-blocking, and it doesn’t mean it needs to be pricey because even less expensive 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. It is important to take a 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.