Sunglasses and Eye Health


Baby with Sunglasses (Used with Permission)

An inexpensive pair of sunglasses with UV protection is your most important eye safety gear.  Wearing sunglasses is the best method to safeguard your eyes and ultimately your vision against the harmful ultra violet sun’s rays.

Sunglasses Protect

The sun sends to earth various kinds of light. The most harmful for your eyes are uv, or Ultra violet rays, bright or intense light, and blue light.

Ultra violet rays carry much more energy than visible light rays. The eye is at a greater risk from absorbing Ultra violet radiation compared to through any other type. UVA and UVB are the types of UV lights that reach which reach us from the sun.

Blue light is visible light. Usually blue light can be found in reflections from snow as well as drinking water. Blue light helps prevent the eyes from focusing properly.  If you have extensive exposure to blue light over many years then you have an increased risk of loss of sight.

The Damage of Too Much Sun  – Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

Whenever your eyes absorb light, the eye tissue is affected by heat and chemical reactions. These types of reactions can cause long-term damage when the eye is overwhelmed and the natural ability to heal itself is jeopardized.

Eyes that are overexposed to Ultra violet radiation can suffer damage to the front portion. The actual retina can be damaged if you look directly into the sun, even briefly, as well as may cause permanent damage and even blindness.

Sunglasses and UV Protection

UV radiation, wind, as well as dry eye may cause the temporary, but uncomfortable condition known as snow blindness. This is why it is so important to put on your sunglasses whenever you are exposed to the sun’s rays. You want the highest amount of UV protection you can get.

The picture used in this blog post is Baby in Stroller with Sunglasses from Bigstocks.  It is used in the Sunglasses and Eye Health blog post with permission from the photographer.

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