We’ve all heard the myth, “You only need to wear sunglasses in the summer.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Our eyes are one of the most delicate things on our bodies. Wearing sunglasses helps protect our eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. It doesn’t matter if the sun is shining brightly or is covered by the clouds. We should always wear sunglasses while enjoying the outdoors during all the seasons!
At Dolobany Eyewear, we care about the eye health of our patients. We have a new line of sunglasses to share with our patients and the optical stores that support us.
Importance of Wearing Sunglasses
Protection from UV Damage
Harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun are coming at us all the time, even on cloudy winter days. While the clouds block a lot of the sun’s visible light, they don’t do much to keep UV rays at bay.
It turns out about 80% of the sun’s UV rays go right through clouds. So even on a cold and cloudy winter day, we’re still exposed to UV light.
If there’s snow on the ground, your exposure to UV rays is even worse. Snow reflects UV rays amplifying the harm this light can do to your eyes.
Prevent Dry Eyes
Dehydrated eyes can cause redness and watering. Some people with dry eyes also find the condition interferes with their vision, and they have to use eye drops to keep their eyes lubricated. Protect your eyes from drying out by wearing sunglasses and ward off the effects of dry air. You can also protect your eyes with sunglasses during bad weather conditions, such as wind and rain, making dry eyes even more irritated.
Prevent Sunburn of the Eyes
The delicate skin around the eyes is prone to sunburn without appropriate sun protection. Applying sunscreen to this area is important, but by wearing a pair of sunglasses in addition to sunscreen, you are covering this delicate skin around the eyes.
Reduce Risk of Cataracts and Macular Degeneration
Cataracts are common and occur with age, but there are known reasons for their development. One of them is the frequent exposure to UV rays. It’s never too late to start wearing sunglasses when you go outside. Not only can you protect your aging eyes but also prevent the risk of cataracts.
Another eye condition that is related to UV exposure is macular degeneration. Though macular degeneration is common, it is severe and can lead to blindness or vision impairment. Bottom line: protect your eyesight by wearing appropriate sunglasses.
It feels great to be outdoors, but don’t forget your favorite fashion accessory. UV rays can cause serious damage to the eyes, and many of these effects won’t show until you are older. Be sure you are talking to your patients about how they can care for their eyes now to prevent further damage later.
Dolabany’s New Line of Sunglasses
Dolabany Sun can be found in our online catalog. Dolabany’s sunglasses line celebrates our brand’s mid-century design with modern elements and finishes that everyone loves. All of our Sun frames feature polarized lenses, providing 100% UV protection, and are RX ready! Be sure to check them out!