You might be thinking that winter will never leave us and, for some parts of the country, it definitely looks that way! But, we all know deep down that spring and warmer weather are on their way and in some areas of the country have already arrived. Magazines are offering up their ideas of what to wear, but we’re more concerned about your eyes. Keep reading to learn why you should be incorporating sunglasses into your daily look this summer.
Wearing sunglasses doesn’t come naturally to all of us. In fact, many of us only pull them out when the sun is blinding us. The truth is, that’s not the only time you should be wearing sunglasses. Exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays can lead to eye damage and squinting from the sun can lead to premature wrinkles and an uncomfortable day.
Before you drop a ton of money on expensive sunglasses or grab a cheap pair at the gas station, you should know the best features to look for.
This is the baseline for sunglasses. If your sunglasses are cheap and sold on the boardwalk, chances are they don’t offer UV protection. Just because they look cool, doesn’t mean they’re doing you any good. Too much exposure to UV rays can cause eye problems like sunburn, skin cancer, and damage to your eyes.
You want glasses that will block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as a baseline. These are the two types of UV rays that come from the sun. In small amounts, they’re good for us. We need sunlight to get vitamin D. But, too much can be harmful. Excessive exposure to UV light can lead to cataracts. It may damage the retina of the eye over the long term.
Remember, you get what you pay for. But, super expensive sunglasses aren’t always the best. Sometimes you are just paying for a designer’s name and royalties! If you’re not sure, get in touch with us to learn more. Give us a call at 818.907.1038 for our Encino office or 818.346.811 for our West Hills office to schedule a consultation about your eye health today.