Sunglasses: Your Eyes Sunscreen

It is common knowledge that we need sunscreen when we go in the sun, but what about the areas that we can’t put sunscreen on like our eyes?  Most people forget that the same way our skin can be damaged by the UV rays, so can our eyes.

Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes, but one needs to be careful that they have the right sunglasses.  The sunglasses need to protect both UVA and UVB rays.  For extra protection one can get larger frames or wrap around glasses so the sun doesn’t come in through the sides.  Polarized lenses also give extra protection by blocking the suns reflections and decreasing the glare.   A common misconception is that the darker the lens the more protection is offered.  One wants to choose a lens color that is based on your activities.

Most sun damage is caused before the age of 18 so it is very important to remember to make your children wear sunglasses as well.   One does not need the most expensive sunglasses; just make sure they have both UVA and UVB protection.

Over exposing one’s eyes to the sun has been known to cause many eye diseases such as cataracts, growths and eye cancer.  An unexpected common cancer is cancer of the eyelids.  It is practically impossible to put sunscreen there and if one is not wearing sunglasses the skin is so sensitive it burns easily.

Remember that any part of one’s body that is exposed to the sun has the potential to be damaged by the sun.  Cover up all parts of the body remembering places like our eyes, and top of our heads.  In order to make sure that one has not caused sun damage to your eyes go for a yearly eye check up!