Sunglasses are the primary defense of your eyes against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The effect of UV radiation on the eyes can be immediate and short-term or cumulative. By wearing shades every time you’re outdoors, you can reduce your risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye conditions.
Unfortunately, there are some myths surrounding this type of eyewear – which prevent people from properly utilizing their sunglasses. Read on as we debunk four common misconceptions about sunglasses.
Sunglasses Are Only for Sunny Days
Sunglasses have long been associated with sunny weather, especially in advertisements. This led people to think that they should only wear shades when the sun is out or when it’s summer. However, eye specialists recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you go outdoors even if it’s cloudy or snowy. UV rays can penetrate clouds and fogs, so your eyes will still be exposed to them even in overcast weather. Snow also reflects sunlight, so you also have to keep your eyes protected during winter.
The Size of Sunglasses Doesn’t Matter
UV rays can reach your eyes from all directions, so large sunglasses are preferred. Bigger sunglasses provide more coverage, reducing sun damage to your eyes. Oversized sunglasses or wraparound-style glasses work great at minimizing the amount of UV light that enters your eyes from the sides.
Kids Don’t Need Sunglasses
Everyone can benefit from wearing sunglasses, even children. Kids are just as susceptible to the sun’s UV rays as adults, so encourage your child to wear sunglasses starting at a young age.
All Dark Lenses Provide UV Protection
Sunglasses with dark-tinted lenses aren’t necessarily UV-blocking. Make sure it’s indicated on the label of the sunglasses that they offer 100% UV protection.
Get quality sunglasses at Insight Vision Center Optometry. Our staff will help you pick a pair that best matches your needs and style. Call us at (714) 486-3315, or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment.