Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory but it is an important tool to protect the health of your eyesight. Sunglasses help you see better in bright sun light. Too much exposure to sun can lead to a variety of vision problems or ailments. Sunglasses protects your eyesight from:-
1. The Damaging Effects of Ultraviolet or UV Rays:- UV Rays of the sun are very harmful. The long term exposure to UV Rays increases the chances of damage retina and cornea of your eyes causing problems like muscular degeneration, cataracts and even eye cancer. Sunglasses also protects your delicate and sensitive skin around your eyes from wrinkles and premature aging. By wearing sunglassess you can protect your eyesight since sunglasses acts as a sheild against sun's harmful rays. Wear a sunglass that offers 100% protection from both UVA and UVB Rays.
2. The Adverse Weather Conditions:- Wear a sunglass to protect your eyesight from dust, dirt, pollen, tiny flying objects or particles, etc in adverse weather conditions.
3. Reduce Headaches and Eyestrain:- According to a study, precision tinted lenses can help reduce the discomfort experienced by some migraine sufferers. Most migraine sufferers are highly sensitive to light i.e. susceptible to stressful visual stimuli. Bright sunlight causes eyestrain and can trigger migraine.
4. Keep Your Eyes Wet and Moist:- Wearing a sunglass can not only protect your eyesight from irritants such as dust, pollen or tiny particles but also keep your eyes wet, moist and comfortable. Wearing a sunglass reduces the rate of evaporation of tears. Sunglasses also helps to keep your contact lenses from drying out.
5. Medication - Induced Photosensitivity:- In some cases, medicines or drugs can make you sensitive to light. In this cases, normal light conditions become overbearing and irritable, and can induce headaches, pain and other symptoms. Wearing sunglasses can reduce the side effects of medication-induced photosensitivity by subduing the light that enters the eye.
6. Photophobia:- Photophobia is a common eye problem. It's a condition in which bright light such as sunlight, fluorescent and incandescent light hurts your eyes. Therefore, if you are sensitive to bright light, you may consider wearing a sunglass that can prevent harsh lighting sources from entering directly to your eyes. In extreme cases, however, any light can be irritating. Photophobia is also known as "Light Sensitivity".
The best treatment for light sensitivity is to first find out the underlying cause. Once the triggering factor is diagnosed and treated, photophobia disappears in many cases. Incase you're on medication that causes light sensitivity, talk to your doctor about discontinuing or replacing the drug. However, if you're naturally sensitive to light, avoid bright sunlight and other harsh lighting sources and make sure to wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection when you go outside.
7. Photokeratitis:- Photokeratitis is a painful inflammation of the cornea caused by over exposure to sun's harmful radiation i.e. Ultraviolet Rays. Therefore, protect your eyes by wearing good quality sunglasses.
8. Pinguecula:- Pinguecula is a is a yellowish patch or bump on the conjunctiva near the cornea. The causes of Pinguecula is not fully understood, however, it is believed that exposure to sun's harmful radiation and insufficient moisture or lubrication (tears) are the main causes of Pinguecula. Therefore, when you go out, make sure you wear a sunglass that can protect your eyesight from harmful rays of the sun.
9. Pterygium:- It is said that Over exposure to UV Rays causes Pterygium. Therefore inorder to prevent a Pterygium from developing, wear sunglasses that has a good UV protection.
10. Effects of Jet Lag:- Studies have shown that when you limit your exposure to Ultraviolet Rays during a long plane journey, the effects of jet lag may be greatly minimized.
Note:- Choose sunglasses that gives you 100% protection against ultraviolet rays. Look for a label or a sticker befor making a purchase!