5 Key Benefits of Wearing Sunglasses this Summer

During this time of the year, we automatically think about skin care. We instantly purchase skin care products like body lotions with high SPF levels, wide-brimmed hats and protective clothing. Have you gone to consider your EYES' PROTECTION as well? Summer can take a toll on our eyes too so pay close attention to a top must-have this season – a pair of SUNGLASSES.

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. It is FIRST and FOREMOST, a wearable tool that is specifically designed to PROTECT your eyes from the risks brought by too much sun exposure. There are a lot of eye damages and vision issues that are caused by the sun. Here are some of those:

  • Intraocular melanoma

  • Cataracts

  • Conjunctival cancers

  • Keratitis, or corneal sunburn

We will be tackling more about these eye problems in our succeeding blogs but right now, since the current season calls for you to be extra cautious, we need you to be more aware of the benefits of wearing your sunnies most especially if you are planning to spend a lot of time outdoors. Take time to read the following fellas!

1. Skin Cancer on the Eyelids

“Hey wait? On the Eyelids?” Yes, this is one of the common reactions that we get whenever we say that one can develop skin cancer on the eyelids. There are actually different types of eyelid cancers and one of the most common types is the “basal cell carcinoma” or the one that is found on the lower eyelids.

Studies show that this cancer is commonly found in people who have prolonged exposure to the sun. It can also spread rapidly and damage one's vision or even disfigure the face. Chose a pair of sunglasses that have very good UV ray protection. While you may use SPF lotions on the face - around the area of your eyes, wearing sunglasses can still give you that much needed additional protection.

2. Macular Degeneration

It is very alarming that a whopping 1.25 million Aussies have acquired AMD or age-related macular degeneration while another 8 million is at risk of developing it. It is the number one cause of VISION LOSS in our country and so, major steps on how to reduce risk factors are being actively promoted.

Ophthalmic experts have claimed that there is a close link between too much sun exposure and AMD. Within the affected area which is the macula, there is a substance called “macular pigment”. The macular pigment is essential in protecting the sensitive parts of our eyes from sun damage. We then need to add an extra layer of protection to ensure that lesser (to zero) blue light reaches our eyes. SUNGLASSES can definitely help.

3. Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can be one of the most annoying, sometimes painful eye problem that many experience during summer. It is when the eyes are unable to maintain or produce enough tears. As you know, tears lubricate our eyes and they also help remove irritants that accidentally get into our eyes like dust. With the absence of tears, our eyes get dry, itchy, and can easily be infected.

Dry eyes is common during summer. The dry and hot weather may cause this and it can get worse if you don’t wear proper protection when you go outside. Be sure to wear sunglasses to reduce the direct effect of the sun on to your eyes. You can also head to your local eye care expert to ask for eye drops or medication.

4. Eye Strain

Summer also means squinting a lot to hopefully see better and reduce too much brightness and glare. Frequent squinting can strain the eyes. It also puts stress on the skin surrounding the eyes, making them tired. If done all the time, it can make way for unwanted wrinkles later on. You can avoid too much squinting by wearing sunglasses. This way, you are able to brave the weather outside in a much more comfortable and enjoying manner.

5. Cataracts

Also known as the clouding of the eye's natural lens. One of the risk factors for developing cataracts is excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun. Can it be treated? Yes. But treatment is often expensive and can take you away for a while from your usual activity or routine. Why worry about treatment when you can PREVENT it? Again, wearing protection for your eyes like a pair of sunglasses can save you the time and the money that is required when seeking treatment for this eye problem.

We hope that we have instilled some important tips on why other than fashion, wearing sunglasses can be such a BIG DEAL most especially when it comes to your eyes’ health. How to choose the perfect pair of sunglasses? We will guide you on that as well. Just check out our previous blog here. Think a friend might find this article helpful? Share it now on social media.

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