Sunglasses are an all year round essential, many of us are guilty of forgetting ours, not wearing them during sport or leisure activities or thinking if the suns not shining brightly we don’t need them.
But it’s so important to wear sunglasses and with the first official day of summer this week and National Sunglasses Day on June 27th, here at Sunwise we’ve taken a look into why…
The top excuses for not wearing sunglasses are; “I forgot to put them on”, “I don’t have them with me” and “I’m not outside long enough to put them on” but harmful UV rays are not only invisible but are a constant regardless of the weather and time of year.
UV damage to the eyes can start in as little as 15 minutes and lead to short term temporary conditions such as bloodshot, swollen eyes and hyper-sensitivity to light. Extended exposure has been linked to eye damage including cataracts, macular degeneration and other conditions that can cause vision loss. UV rays can pass through the cornea and reach the lens and retina inside the eye meaning it’s essential to wear sunglasses as protection.
It’s common to think if the suns not out you don’t need sunglasses but there is still a fairly high risk of UV exposure on hazy or overcast days. UV is invisible and it penetrates clouds so even on low risk days it’s vital to wear your sunglasses.
UV levels are greater:
- At higher altitudes
- When the sun is high in the sky (commonly around 10am – 2pm)
- In wide open spaces, especially where there is reflective surfaces. Water can reflect 100% of UV rays and fresh snow 80%, nearly doubling the exposure when reflected off snow. Photokeratitis, more commonly known as “snow blindness”, is caused by reflected UV rays from the snow and without protection can cause temporary sunburn of the cornea.
One of the best ways to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays is to wear a pair of sunglasses. It’s important to make sure the lenses offer 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays, such as the whole Sunwise collection, so you can enjoy being outside without needing to worry.
Wrap around frame styles can also limit how much sunlight can reach your eyes from above and around the lenses.
Colour mirror coatings on the lenses can also reduce glare and offer added protection against stronger sunlight, such as on abroad or skiing holidays, as well as setting the trend for the season!
Whatever you have planned, from exploring the great outdoors to running to spectating at sporting events make sure you remember your sunglasses and protect your eyes from UV rays.
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