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How to Protect Your Eyes from Everyday Sun Damage

It is important to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays as much as you protect your skin. The sun’s intense ultraviolet rays damage your eyes’ sensitive cells that greatly affect your vision. Although the exact amount of UV rays to cause eye damage is not yet known, the effects are accumulated and may lead to vision problems in later life such as cataracts or clouding of the eye lens. Although it may take years before you experience the sun’s damaging effects t your eyes, there are also cases where acute or short-term damage happens such as in photo conjunctivitis and photokeratitis, or the inflammation of the eyes’ outer membrane.

In fact, the reflected UV rays coming from water, dry sand, sea foam, and snow are more dangerous than direct sunlight because they reflect UV radiation from up to 25% to 80%. What are the things you can do to protect your eyes from sun damage? It is really stylish wearing sunglasses for women, and more than the look, sunglasses help in protecting your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. It is best to purchase sunglasses limiting UV transmission to no more than 1% UVA and 1% UVB rays (preferably blocking at least 99% to 100% of the UV rays). The bigger the sunglasses, the better because it provides more coverage to your eyes for lesser sun damage, so you may consider purchasing oversized sunglasses or wraparound-style sunglasses. It is also important to remember that darker lenses do not necessarily block more ultraviolet rays, but they are good for people with high sensitivity to light. The color of sunglasses does not matter, they just increase the contrast which can be useful for athletes playing golf or baseball. Polarized sunglasses don’t offer more protection from the sun’s UV rays but they can cut glare that comes off from reflective surfaces such as pavement or water, making activities like being in the water or driving safer and more fun.

Make sure you purchase a pair of sunglasses with 100% UV-blocking, and it doesn’t mean it needs to be pricey because even less expensive pairs make superior protection. So the next time you plan to hang outdoors, under the sun, be prepared with your UV-blocking contact lenses, quality sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Be sure that after a long day of work, rest and have a good night sleep because if you’re not getting as much sleep as you should, then that’s not good for your eyes as well.

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