Benefits of sunglasses

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Benefits of sunglasses

Aside from being a fashion accessory, wearing sunglasses has a number of benefits. They help reduce glare, protect the eyes from elements and also provide UV protection. Below we discuss in more detail the benefits of wearing sunglasses.

Sunglasses provide UV protection

Many people put on sun cream when going outdoors on a sunny day but often neglect their eyes. People sometimes forget the sun can also cause damage to the eyes. Extended exposure to the suns UV rays lead to conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygium. By wearing sunglasses you can help protect your eyes against these conditions.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from the elements

Wearing sunglasses can help from physical elements. They provide a barrier from sand, wind and dust which can irritate or scratch the eye. This can lead to pain and damage.

Spending time in the snow can also lead to damaging your eyes. The snow reflects a high percentage of UV rays from the sun which can cause “snow blindness”; this is where there is a temporary loss of vision due to overexposure to the suns UV rays. This is why wearing sunglasses is important when skiing or climbing snowy mountains.

Sunglasses help you see more in certain environments

Al well as protecting your eyes, sunglasses help you see better in bright lights. They help reduce glare and improve the contrast of your view, this is particularly useful when driving. Polarising sunglasses also help reduce glare from surfaces such as water, so if you are fishing you will be able to see past the surface of the water, and see the fishes better.

Sunglasses help protect your eyes after surgery

There are a number of eye surgeries which take place every day. For example laser eye surgery or cataract surgery. After the surgery it is important to wear sunglasses to help protect your eyes and also allow your eyes to heal.

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