Extended exposure to UV rays can be the root cause of skin cancer and sunburns. UV rays can even be harmful to your eyes. Too much sun exposure has been associated with significant eye issues like macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygia, photokeratitis, and pingueculae.
Protect eyes form UV rays
Sunglasses are the best solution to protect eyes from damaging sun radiation. It blocks UV rays, when you move outdoor, during daylight. Even on cloudy days eyes need protection as damaging UV rays are capable to penetrate the cloud cover.
Sunglass frames with close fitted wrap-round style offers best protection as they limit the number of sunrays reaching your eyes from the sides. In case, you wear prescription glasses then clip-on sun lenses are used. At times, prescription sunglasses will be more convenient and worth the investment. They are more practical outdoor alternative because –
- On the beach, wearing contact lenses is not possible because eyes get itchy and watery as you struggle with wind, sand, water, and sun.
- Non-prescription sunglasses worn over contact lenses will not offer sufficient protection.
- Wearing contact lenses when you swim is bad because of potential grave eye infections [microorganism in water]
How to choose prescription eyewear for UV protection?
Look for sunglasses, which can block 100% of UV rays. You can choose sunglasses with close-fitting wrap-round or with large lenses to protect delicate eye skin. Explore sport or performance sunglasses that suits your outdoor lifestyle.
Lenses color and darkness hardly matters because a dark gray lens will offer same level of UV protection as a light yellowish-brown colored lens. Besides sunglasses, on a sunny day she can wear a wide brimmed hat that can help to reduce the amount of UV ray exposure up to 50%.
Tips regarding UV exposure and sunglasses to remember
- Even when you are in shade wear sunglasses. UV rays reduce to a certain degree but your eyes still encounter sunrays reflecting from roadways, building and other surfaces.
- Contact lenses may block UV rays but sun glasses are a necessity as contacts protect eye part under the lens but UV can damage your eyelids and surrounding tissues.
- Fresh snow reflects 80% of UV rays, so the overall exposure doubles. Choose right lenses for skiing or snowboarding on the slopes.
- People with dark eyes and skin must wear sunglasses because damage from solar radiation is similar to someone with fair skin.
Be safe and choose best sunglasses to protect eye from damaging UV rays!