As outdoor enthusiasts soak up the end of summer, with beach days, hiking, camping, and more, it’s common knowledge to wear sunscreen to protect the skin from cancer-causing UV rays. But many people neglect to consider another threat of the sun: eye damage.
How the Sun Can Harm Your Eyes
Eye specialists agree, there are many degenerative eye conditions directly related to sun exposure, including macular degeneration, cataracts, and eyelid cancer.
A very common and easily avoidable condition is photokeratitis, or snow blindness. This is caused by sunlight reflecting off of snow, water, or other bright expansive environments such as sand. Symptoms of photokeratitis include a gritty feeling like something is in your eye, redness, swelling, eye pain, headaches, or even temporary color blindness. While this condition isn't permanent, it is painful and it can force you inside to recover.
How to Choose Sunglasses That Will Protect Your Eyes
Protecting your eyes from harmful rays is as easy as wearing sunglasses -- but only if you're wearing the right ones. Don’t judge the quality of your sunglasses by the darkness of the lens; it's important to check whether or not they block harmful UV rays.
Polarized lenses help to reduce glare, but just because they’re polarized doesn’t mean they're UV blocking. Read the label carefully to make sure they block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
Fit is also important. If the fit is too small, stray rays can sneak around the corners of your glasses. If fit is too big, they’ll fall off your face and end up in your backpack instead of protecting your eyes.
Here at Optic Nerve, we offer a full selection of polarized and non-polarized UV blocking sunglasses. Check them out and get rid of the excuses; protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin.