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Published on January 30, 2019

Using Your Sunglasses Year-Round

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Photo of sunglassesSome people may leave behind their sunglasses during the winter season since the days are not always bright and sunny. However, not wearing your favorite shades allows the suns powerful ultraviolet rays to potentially damage your eyes regardless of the season. This is true even if it is overcast.

Quality eyewear with UV protection of 400 will protect your eyes from the sun’s rays and brightness. Reducing glare will minimize eye strain and fatigue from having to squint. If you wear prescription glasses, consider using to photochromic lenses, which darken when exposed to intense light and return to their clear state when not. These lenses can have your prescription as well. To ensure maximum protection, check to see your sunglasses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Get more information on choosing the right sunglasses.

Aside from protecting your eyes, sunglasses can prevent wrinkles around the eyes. Activities like outdoor exercising and driving need proper shades to protect against wind, debris or glare. This is especially true for those participate in winter sports like skiing or snowboarding where excessive glare from the sun hitting the snow can hurt your eyes. UVB radiation decreases during the winter season, while UVA remains high. Every 1,000 foot increase in elevation increases UV radiation by approximately four percent. Don’t neglect the required or optional eyewear of outdoor sports, which are typically outlined by the sport’s governing body.

Proper eye care entails maintaining proper care of your protective sunglasses. This includes carrying your sunglasses in a sturdy case when not in use and using a gentle solution when cleaning your lenses as well as a soft cloth. Finally, tighten any loose screws to keep your shades in great shape.

Early intervention can prevent certain eye conditions. Talk to your eye care professional to regularly schedule comprehensive eye exams. For more information about PIH Health eye care services visit: PIHHealth.org/services/eye-care.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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