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Health Benefits of Sunglasses

While sunglasses are generally associated with sitting poolside or taking in some rays at the beach, they are also meant to be worn on overcast and snowy winter days. Protecting your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays is very important. Here are some benefits of wearing sunglasses.

Health Benefits of Sunglasses

Protection From Vision Problems

Harmful UV rays do not take days off. Prolonged exposure can make your eyes more susceptible to future vision problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygia.

Avoid Skin Cancer

Eyelid skin is the most sensitive skin on the body and can be easily damaged by overexposure to the sun. The American Cancer Society recommends wearing sunglasses year 'round to protect yourself from cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays.

Stop the Squint

Squinting is your eye’s natural reaction when it is exposed to excessive sunlight. A good pair of sunglasses helps keep squinting to a minimum and prevents those pesky wrinkles from popping up down the line.

Block Glare

Whether you’re driving a car, navigating a boat or skiing down a hill, glare from the sun can be dangerous. Sunglasses with polarized lenses are essential for these types of situations. Designed to block out glare, polarized lenses will give you crystal clear vision and keep you headache free.

Protection From Debris

Sunglasses can double as a windshield for your eyes. Bugs are plentiful during spring and summer, and we’re all susceptible to some occasionally flying into our faces. Wear sunglasses to help alleviate the discomfort that comes with bugs—and other debris—flying into your eyes.

Prevent Dry Eyes

Where eye drops are the solution to your dreaded dry-eye problem, sunglasses are the prevention. Sunglasses offer great protection against high-speed winds that are a leading cause of dry eyes.

Prevent Sunburn

Yes, it's true, your eyes can also get sunburned along with the rest of your body. It is known as photokeratitis, and it will cause pain and blurred vision. Throw on some sunglasses to easily remedy that problem. An added bonus-reapplication not necessary.

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