Not just a fashion statement, Dr. Shelly Cadman explains why you should be wearing shades
We all suffer from “cabin fever” in the winter and can hardly wait to get outside.
More sun exposure means more sun protection.
Would you spend time outside without sunscreen?
Would you send your kids outside without sunscreen?
What about your eyes?
When you picked out that favorite pair of sunglasses, you probably weren’t thinking about the great health benefits and skin cancer prevention they would offer. Many of us consider our sunglasses more of a fashion accessory but Dr. Shelly Cadman at Eyes on Fremont shares with us 4 very good reasons why our sunglasses aren’t just for good looks, but rather a necessary tool to maintaining good eye health.
Shelly’s Reasons to Wear Those Shades
1. Protect against sunburns. Did you know higher elevations get more UV radiation? The sun’s UV radiation can cause cataracts and/or snow blindness, which is a temporary but painful sunburn of the eye’s surface. Wearing a hat can help but they don’t cover you completely. In fact, wide-brimmed hats and caps can only block about 50 percent of UV radiation from the eyes.
2. Decrease risk of macular degeneration. Long-term exposure to the blue and violet portion of the solar spectrum has been implicated as a risk factor for macular degeneration (the leading cause of vision loss), especially for individuals that are “sun sensitive.”
3. Comfortable Vision. The sun’s brightness and glare interferes with comfortable vision and the ability to see clearly by causing people to squint and the eyes to water.
4. Skin Cancer Prevention. It’s extremely important to keep all ultraviolet light from getting into your eyes and onto the lids and the skin around them. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body and therefore very susceptible to skin cancer. A pair of UV-filtering sunglasses is a good way to protect to prevent skin cancer in that area. Cancer of the eyelids and skin around the eyes is more common than people think.
Not sure if you have the right glasses? Shelly explains, “You don’t necessarily have to have the “expensive glasses” to block out UV rays. Make sure you always look for sunglasses that block out 99 percent of ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays.” She also warns NEVER to purchase sunglasses that do not have both A and B protection. You may actually be causing more harm than good with “cheap sunglasses”.
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