Unbeknownst to most people, the eyes are one of the most delicate organs in the body. Continually stressed and exposed constantly to external elements. But what people take for granted is the abuse of UV rays. Contact with UV rays can cause serious damage to the structure of the eye and, in severe cases, promote the appearance of tumors, thus the importance of sunglasses.
Why Start Young With Shielding The Eyes
UV rays are the most dangerous elements to our health. Sure, it’s nice for tanning and soaking up vitamin K, but the main cause of damage is to our skin and our eyes. Ultraviolet rays can cause: deterioration of vision, corneal damage, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and abnormal tissue growth in and out of the eye.
Whether in the summer by bike, on skis or snowboard in the winter, or during an excursion or a round of golf, you are always outdoors, exposed to the sun’s rays. This is why, when choosing glasses, it is important to consider their ability to protect the eyes from dangerous UV radiation. And not just in the summer, when the effects of the sun are more evident. Even in autumn and winter, ultraviolet rays can damage the eyes irreversibly. Despite appearances, cloudy skies are not an obstacle for this type of radiation.
Protection During Sports
Should you shield eyes while jogging, skiing, cycling, rock climbing or hiking? Yes. Shades are a fundamental accessory when outdoors. It is advisable to choose glasses with UV 400 filter – which do not let the wavelength radiation lower than 400nm pass by, guaranteeing 100% protection against all existing UV radiations. Even in the winter, radiation can reflect off of snow and frozen areas.
Just keep in mind, when seeking sun shades for sports, they should be adjustable, they must have an aerodynamic shape, a 100% optical correction and have advanced anti-fog elements.
Are You Wearing The Right Glasses?
Other than protection from UV rays, glasses should have other elements. Strength, durability and functionality. It is also necessary to focus on these three parameters when selecting a product.
Glasses must be able to withstand impacts, must have a certain stability that allows them not to fall. If damaged, they must not become a danger to the eyes. The plastic frame is certainly more suitable than metal, as the latter can chip and injure the eye or face. In addition, plastic (polycarbonate) is also preferred for lenses, because – unlike glass, in the event of a strong impact it will break into small fragments that are not sharpened, thus safeguarding eyesight.
More than 80% of people need corrective tools for the eyes, but many are using the wrong one or do not follow the instructions provided by the ophthalmologist correctly, so their eyes strain even more and run the risk of developing more serious disorders.
Remember, it’s crucial to wear appropriate eyewear when exposed to bright light while outdoors. Choose lenses that shield 75-95% of visible light and 99-100% of ultraviolet rays like UVA and UVB.
For the eyes to continue to see well it is essential to take regular care of their health. This includes going to the ophthalmologist once a year for a checkup, an wearing the right protective glasses.