The Health Benefits of Sunglasses

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A stylish accessory can go along way for your health. Wearing sunglasses is more than just keeping the sun out of your eyes and looking cool. Aesthetics aside, there are many health benefits to wearing sunglasses. Save yourself the squint and grab a pair today!

SPF for Your Eyes

UV exposure is not only dangerous for your skin, but it causes damage to your eyes as well. You take time lathering your body with SPF to protect it from the sun so you don’t get sunburn, or even worse, skin cancer. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, but can also occur on your eyelids. The most common type of skin cancer on the eyelid is basal cell carcinoma. Sunglasses with 100% UV protection are a great preventative of skin cancer on the eyelids.

Reduced Risk of Cataracts

The UV rays from the sun don’t just cause skin cancer, they cause cataracts, too. Cataracts are a cloudy coating over your eye and the most common cause of vision loss. The good news is that by wearing sunglasses, you reduce your exposure to the sun and it’s UV rays. Sunglasses are the proper way to protect your eyes from possible vision loss due to developing cataracts.

Decrease Dry Eye Issues

Dry eye is an eye condition lacking the amount of tears used to lubricate the eye. It can cause itchiness, dryness, discomfort and vision impairment in your eyes. Because people who suffer from dry eye can’t produce the right amount of tears, artificial tears can be created. Doctors recommend sunglasses to those who suffer from dry eye, but also to those who want to prevent dry eye. Sunglasses can prevent wind, sun and other objects from getting into your eye and causing damage.

Safer Vision

By wearing sunglasses, you’re reducing the amount of squinting and strain put on your eyes by the sun. When the sun is bright and high in the sky, your eyes naturally squint even if you don’t notice. By wearing sunglasses, you’re making it easier on your vision. You can see clearer instead of squinting. Less squinting also can reduce the amount of headaches you get because you’re not putting as much strain on your eyes.

Your eyes are what give you the ability to see, and that’s not something to take for granted. Consider sunglasses part of a healthy habit with the added benefit of looking good too.

from Hargrave Eye Center |Ocular Health Experts


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