How to Remember to Wear Sunglasses

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The article UV Protection – Eliminating Excuses, presented 5 facts to help motivate readers to protect their eyes in the best ways possible. In this article, the number one reason for not protecting eyes by wearing sunglasses is addressed.

In a recent survey, most individuals indicated they felt protecting eyes against UV rays was important, and many followed through on that belief by purchasing quality sunglasses. When asked why they failed to wear those sunglasses regularly, many confessed that the main reason they did not wear their sunglasses was, simply, that they forgot.

Since so many people readily admit that forgetting to bring or wear their sunglasses is a problem, the following 5 tips are offered to help build the habit and stimulate the memory for wearing sunglasses.

  1. Have a place for them. Just like with your car keys, sunglasses will likely get lost if they don’t have a home. Many vehicles have a bin for storing sunglasses, and there are a variety of cases available for storing sunglasses that can be put in a bag or even hung on a hook next to your keys. Find a place to always put your sunglasses.
  2. Be consistent. Once you have a place for your sunglasses, be systematic in putting them there. Having a place does absolutely no good if you don’t use it consistently. When going in and out of buildings, such as when shopping at an outlet mall for example, consider a neck strap for your sunglasses to make taking them on and off without losing them of having to put them somewhere easier.
  3. Tell your kids. While forgetfulness seems to be a natural ability of many children, most children also enjoy helping their parents remember what’s important to them. Tell your kids to remind you to wear your sunglasses, and even explain why doing so is important. You might be surprised to find that they can actually be good at reminding you. They feel important, and your eyes get protected.
  4. Buy an extra pair. With sunglasses available in a wide price range, having an extra pair is not a problem. Keep the extra pair in your car or carryall bag, so they are most likely with you at all times. There are a variety of hard cases and pouches available to protect your sunglasses (and many have cleaning cloths in them too), so your sunglasses are in perfect shape when you need them.
  5. Create a mental checklist. Avoid making too long of a list, but create one that includes all of the items you never want to leave home without. A sample list might be: Sunglasses, water bottle and snack. After you have your list, get into the habit of saying it every time you walk out the door. Eventually, remembering those items will be automatic, and you can move on to a new list.

The bottom line is to find a method that works for you. Build positive habits to help you remember your sunglasses simply because doing so can impact your eye health in significant ways.

Eye Protection and Sun Safety When Rock Climbing

So here’s an excellent question: why do people rock climb anyway? They rip up their hands, they’re covered with scabs, and they scare the wits out of themselves on a regular basis.

Rock Climbing

On the other hand, avid climbers will tell you there’s nothing else in the world like learning to trust your body enough to reposition correctly while virtually hanging in thin air; practicing creativity and concentration; overcoming your fear of the void; learning to adapt to what mother nature offers; not to mention, the many benefits of this intense whole-body workout.

Plus, because climbing is both an individual sport and a social one, you learn plenty about yourself, as well as the people you climb with. When you’re on the rock, you rely on your own skills to get to the top; but if you should happen to fall, you’re trusting your climbing partner with your life. This creates very strong bonds — different than any other kind that exist in your life.

But it’s also about discovering the natural world. Climbing takes you to some of the most beautiful places on the planet and never fails to offer a unique perspective on the world below — and the world within. As you can see, rock climbing is something very, very special for those who are inspired to take it up as a hobby — often quickly turning into their life passion.

Your Passion Deserves Eye Protection

It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that rock climbing requires some pretty fierce eye protection. Climbers contend with the glare of the blazing sun reflecting off the shear rock face, they have tiny (and not so tiny) particles of debris continually falling into their upturned faces, and they’re often drilling holes and chiseling rock to anchor new bolts — or digging out old, unsafe ones — all while blowing away rock dust while they work. So do you think — just perhaps — that a pretty great pair of protective, polarized, 100% UVA/B/C sunglasses might in order?

Top Five Rock Climbing Eyewear Recommendations:

  • Oakley Fives Squared Sunglasses – “If ordinary sunglasses just don’t fit, Fives Squared is the answer. Unlike conventional sunglasses that stick out at the sides, this frame uses Condensed Cranial Geometry for a tapered architecture that feels as good as it looks, and it’s a look that soaks sophistication in adrenalin.”
  • Oakley Half Jackets Sunglasses – “Performance, protection and comfort are sculpted into a new dimension of style with an interchangeable lens design that keeps you a step ahead of changing light conditions. The latest evolution wraps your vision in the razor-sharp clarity of High Definition Optics® (HDO®). Wherever your sport takes you, you’ll have the all-day comfort of a lightweight design that can take punishing abuse while serving up premium optical technology.”
  • Oakley M Frames – “Maintain optical clarity with lens contours that enhance side protection from sun, wind, and impact. Stress-resistant O MATTER frames are engineered with a critical degree of flexibility to absorb impact. PLUTONITE lenses are impact resistant and offer added protection by filtering out 100% of UVA/B/C and harmful blue light.”
  • Oakley Wires – “Stems with UNOBTAINIUM® increase grip with sweat, and are crafted with smooth contours and titanium MONO SHOCK™ hinges that allow for hyper-flex when the world comes at you head-on and dares to make contact. A lightweight blend of five metal compounds offer durability that keeps comfort at the top of the list. The Three-Point Fit eliminates pressure points, because life has enough of those already.”
  • Oakley Racing Jacket Sunglasses – “Adapt and conquer with Oakley Switchlock™ Technology for fast and easy lens changing to optimize your vision for your environment. And when G-forces strike you, the retaining strap makes sure the frame stays put. Two sets of lenses are included (one for bright light and one for low light), and you’ll have High Definition Optics® (HDO®) to go along with the performance, comfort, and protection of ultra-premium sport eyewear.”

It’s important to remember that while hanging off the edge of a rock by your fingertips and toes, it may be more difficult to quickly and safely move away from the trajectory of a falling projectile. Moreover, the risk of eye injury increases when practicing any high risk sport.

The most frequent eye injuries suffered by rock climbers include:

  • Corneal abrasions – scratches and cuts
  • Wounds caused by a blunt falling object – such as the impact from a rock or a fumbled piece of equipment being held overhead
  • Wounds caused by a penetrating object – such as a sharp tool or bolt.

The right climbing glasses protect you from UV rays and glare, falling debris, wind, and impact. However, to prevent injuries, always ensure a correct safe fit. Climbers should try on their glasses with their helmet to be certain they fit firmly without pressing too hard. If your glasses move or slide on your face while climbing, you increase your risk of injury due to the distraction of unstable glasses instead of concentrating on your climb. You can be guaranteed Safety Glasses USA will work with you to find the perfect-fitting pair of super-stylish, safe and protective climbing glasses to enhance your love of your favorite sport.

 

Be Eye Safety Conscious: 5 Ways To Prevent Common Eye Irritations

We know to wash our hands frequently throughout the day to avoid germs and infection, but what about our eyes? We can’t exactly splash water in them every few hours, but if you’ve ever suffered from an eye infection, you know what a painful – and annoying – experience it can be. That’s why we want to help you understand five easy ways to prevent common eye infections. We’re the safety glasses experts, so we know a thing or two about what it takes to protect our eyes!

#1: Keep Pets From Licking Your Face

We know it’s so adorable to have Fido or Miss Whiskers licking your face, but those same “kisses” can result in an easy eye infection. You don’t know where your pet’s mouth has been, so play it safe and discourage your pet from licking your face. After playing with your pet, be sure to wash your hands so that you don’t accidentally touch your eyes.

#2: Avoid Chemical Or Dust Splashes

This is our specialty here at Safety Glasses USA, and you’d be surprised by how many people call us up to order a pair of safety glasses and explain that the eye infection or injury unfortunately came first – and now, they’ll always be wearing safety glasses. Safety glasses, like our Polarized Safety Glasses, are designed to look stylish and frame your face comfortably, but most of all – they go a major way towards protecting your valuable vision.

#3: Think Eye Safety At The Beach

You’ve got your sunscreen, bestseller, and beach blanket tucked away in your tote bag – but don’t forget to pack Safety Sunglasses! Don’t worry – these aren’t the clear goggles you had in chemistry class, they’re designed to look great on your face as you relax on the beach. It’s very common for a gust of wind to blow sand up in your eyes, an ocean wave to send salt right into your peepers, or the bright sun’s rays to weaken your vision. Safety sunglasses make the beach safe, and most importantly, fun!

#4: Office Desk Germs

A 2002 University of Arizona study showed that there were 100x more bacteria per square inch on an office desk than an office toilet seat. Just think about how many times you reach up to touch your eyes at work – all of that bacteria is now in contact with your eyes. Commit to being conscious of eye-touching, and keep anti-bacterial desk wipes on your desk to wipe your desk clean every morning and evening.

#5: Take Care With Contacts

You know how vital it is to take out your contacts before sleeping and to clean them regularly, but here’s a few additional safety tips that can make a world of difference as a contact wearer:

  • Applying eye makeup? Put your contact lenses on first, and use only non-allergenic makeup, like Almay or Clinique, according to AllAboutVision.com. Be sure to replace eye makeup about every three months.
  • When swimming or relaxing in a hot tub, take your contact lenses out right after and clean them. This prevents any bacteria from the pool or hot tub from staying on the contacts and coming into contact with your eyes.
  • Have some contact lens solution still in your case? Discard it! Always clean with new solution – never “top off” the solution already in there.

Eye accidents can always happen, but being cognizant on ways to protect our vision can make an impact on reducing common eye infections and irritations. Have you ever experienced an eye infection? What preventative measures would you have taken in advance?