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Suns Out, Shades On: UV Light and Eyes

This isn’t the first time you’ve read ‘wear your sunglasses.’ But, it’s worth repeating again and again. UV light and eyes don’t play well together and the damage that the sun can cause to your vision is preventable. Staying vigilant and wearing your shades whenever the sun is out can help minimize the chances that UV light contributes to worsening vision or eye problems in the future.

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The good news? Even if UV light and eyes don’t get along, sunglasses and eyes do! Not only do shades protect your vision, they also look really cool (duh). So, wearing your sunglasses is a win-win: you look fly and your eyes stay safe. What, exactly, are you keeping your eyes safe from?

UV Light

The sun’s rays contain UV light. While ‘UV rays’ can refer to UV-A and UV-B light, the result is largely the same: damage to your eyes. 

Your eyes are delicate and the harsh UV light can create all kinds of issues for your vision.

Potential Eye Issues

While the damage of UV rays isn’t limited to the health problems below, here a few reasons to keep your sunglasses nearby when you’re spending time outside:

Cancer

Wearing your sunglasses is important for the same reason that wearing sunscreen is important: the sun’s rays can cause cancer. Ideally, your skin and person would face very little exposure from the sun. But that’s not realistic. When you are in the sun, then, make sure that you have full coverage at all times. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and more, can help keep the UV light off and help prevent cancer.

Sunburn

Most people don’t think about the possibility of their eyes being sunburned. Unfortunately, the possibility is very real. Sunburn can affect any uncovered part of your body and that’s why it’s critical that you wear sunglasses when in the sun. If you feel that your eyes are agitated when in the sunlight, it’s not your imagination: your eyes could be getting sunburned without you realizing it.

Macular Degeneration

UV light has been tied to an increased chance of macular degeneration. Macular degeneration (often referenced as ‘AMD’ or ‘Age-related macular degeneration’) causes vision loss, primarily in older adults. Wearing your sunglasses when outdoors can help ward off AMD and protect your eyes from its effects. Don’t let the sun’s UV rays compromise or threaten your eyesight. Wear those shades!

Cataracts

Cataracts cloud the eye’s natural lens and can cause vision loss and blindness. Cataract surgery has a high rate of success, but prevention is far and away your best bet. One thing you can do to prevent cataracts is wear your sunglasses when you’re outside in the sun. UV light can contribute to cataracts. Wearing your sunglasses is an easy way to avoid damaging UV light.

If the sun’s out, your shades should be on. Don’t risk your eyesight or put your vision in danger by exposing your eyes to the sun’s harsh UV light.

 

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