How To Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

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Our eyes area just as likely to suffer from exposure to the sun as our skin, which is one reason you should always wear sunglasses. For most people exposed to daily sunlight, sunglasses are just as important as sunscreen.

For some people, sunglasses may prove even MORE important than sunscreen. Read on to find out why sunglasses are so important, and what steps you can take to protect your peepers from sun damage.

The Sun And Poor Eyesight
One reason the sun is so bad for your eyes is the simple fact that the sun can burn the cornea, much like it burns the skin. In fact, each year thousands of people report to the ER because they suffer from burned corneas. Can you imagine for a moment, how that must feel?

Some signs of a burned cornea may include sudden onset of excruciating pain in the eyes. You may have trouble seeing, or experience pain on closing your eyes. Whatever the symptoms, you want to avoid them at all costs, and avoiding burnt corneas is easy if you wear proper sunglasses.

Who Is At Risk?
Anyone that stays in the sun for hours at a time is at risk for burnt corneas or other common ailments of the eye, including cataracts, dry eye and blurred vision. Many people attend public events including concerts, or a day at the beach, and fail to wear sunglasses or a protective hat to protect their eyes and their skin from the sun's UV radiation.

If you love to swim outdoors, but often fail to wear sunglasses, you are even more at risk for damage from the sun, because water reflects light more so than other surfaces including the grass or sand. Some researchers go as far as recommending protective goggles when swimming with dark tints at all times to protect the eyes from exposure to the sun and from exposure to chemicals in the water.

Not wearing sunglasses also increases the risk of cataracts later in life. Many studies suggest sun worshipers are likely to develop vision problems including cataracts up to a decade sooner than there sunshade wearing peers.

How To Protect Your Peepers
Protecting your eyes is easier than you may think. Here are the primary tools you can use to protect your eyes from the sun and other hazards.

  • Always wear dark UV protective sunglasses when outdoors on sunny days.
  • During hazy days, consider wearing lighter, but tinted lenses, because UV rays penetrate the sky even on cloudy days.
  • Make sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat if you plan to spend several hours outdoors on sunny days.
  • If you work outdoors, as in the construction or a related field, you might consider protective eyewear as well as wearing sunglasses or a hat to help shade your eyes and face.
  • Make sure you visit your eye doctor annually or every other year to check for corneal damage from sun exposure or environmental pollutants.

When To Wear Sunglasses
Many people do not realize that not wearing sunglasses while hiking, mowing the grass, playing ball outside or even going for a stroll can be dangerous. Corneal lacerations are another risk for people that are active outdoors but do not wear protective eyewear, including sunglasses or sports goggles. This is because small particles can easily become trapped in the eye and cause abrasion.

People that work outdoors are also at risk for diseases associated with too much exposure to sunlight.

Here's all you need to know about wearing sunglasses. If you plan to spend any time outdoors or driving, put them on. Also wear protective sunscreen to protect your skin. Not only will wearing sunglasses protect your vision, it will also protect you from developing crow's feet too early in life. No one wants to age prematurely, so do your job and find a pair or two of sunglasses you like.

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