We associate sunglasses with holidays and sunny days, but the truth is that sunglasses do much more than simply making it easier to see. Even in Hertfordshire, which often feels like it has short summers, it’s worth investing in a decent pair of sunglasses. It’s easy to get prescription lenses added if necessary, and a good pair should last you for many years. Here are just a few reasons why sunglasses are so important, and why you should consider wearing them more often.
1. Protecting your eyes from the elements
It’s not just bright sunlight that can cause damage to your eyes. In cold weather, the glare from snow can cause what’s known as snow blindness, exposing your eyes to dangerous UV rays. During the summer months, dusty conditions can irritate the eye, and when you’re on holiday it’s easy to get a face full of sand. Hertfordshire can be a bad area for hay fever, and many sufferers wear sunglasses as it can help protect from some of the pollen.
2. Preventing headaches and migraines
On days where there’s bright sunshine, you may find you get more headaches, and even a dreaded migraine. Even in the winter months, the sun can be bright, so if you spend a lot of time outdoors you may have an aching head when you return home. Make sure you pop your sunglasses in your bag when you go out.
3. Preventing eye conditions
Overexposure to the sun’s rays can lead to a wide range of eye conditions, and even in the UK where the weather is overcast, you need to be cautious. Wearing sunglasses can help prevent:
- Pterygium – a growth on the eyeball
- Worsening of glaucoma
- The process of macular degeneration
4. Avoiding wrinkles around the eye
One of the first areas that people often notice wrinkles is at the bottom of the eyes, and this is because the skin is thin and vulnerable to UV rays. We all know that too much sun exposure can age our skin, and therefore protecting the under eye is essential. This area is also vulnerable to skin cancer, so it’s important to ensure your sunglasses have a high UV protection rating.
5. Protection for kids’ eyes
It’s not just adults who need sunglasses. Studies have shown that children absorb up to 80% of their lifetimes exposure of UV rays before they even turn 18. Young eyes can be especially vulnerable, even on days where the sun isn’t particularly bright. Luckily, you’ll find sunglasses for kids and even babies, and many children really like wearing them.
Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. Even in the winter months, they can protect your eyes, and can help prevent a wide range of conditions and health problems. With so many designer sunglasses styles available, you’re bound to find a pair to suit you.
Whether you’re looking for non-prescription or prescription sunglasses, David Paul Opticians have a wide range. Visit 236 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1AG, or call 01442 879 303 to make an appointment with our knowledgeable team.