Sunglasses Aren’t Just Fun Summertime Accessories
Okay everybody, let’s see a show of hands: how many people wear their sunglasses all throughout the winter? While many of you are surely saying, “Well, yeah . . . duh!” others are saying, “What? Why would anyone wear sunglasses in the winter?” But as Dr. Ronald Brand from International Eye Care explains, you are actually doubly exposed to UV rays during the winter months — first, from the sun itself; then, from the snow acting as a mirror, reflecting a second dose of UV into your eyes and causing snow blindness. This makes winter one of the most important seasons of the year to protect your eyes from the potentially dangerous effects of the sun.
#1: Sunglasses Reduce Glare
When wintery precipitation coats every surface in water, snow, and ice, extremely bright reflections cause glare which seriously impairs vision. This reflective glare is particularly dangerous while driving, snowmobiling, and skiing. High quality sunglasses, however, such as Oakley, dramatically reduce glare for safer, more comfortable vision. Oakley’s polarized lenses are particularly effective at shielding your eyes from dangerous reflections. With a variety of polarized lens options available, as well as photochromic lenses activated by Transitions®, Oakley is a great choice for winter wear. Revo sunglasses, featuring High Contrast Polarization, are another brand with excellent glare-blocking capabilities. Revo’s optics are so clear, they receive the highest possible industry ratings.
#2: Sunglasses Protect Your Eyes from the Sun’s Harmful UV Rays
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation has been associated with the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. “First, exposure to UV rays damages your corneas,” says Dr. Brand. “Then, in the long term, the eyes’ lenses develop cataracts. Everyone’s eyes eventually form cataracts as they age, but the process is accelerated by sun exposure.” Both Oakley and Revo block 100% of harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. These brands also offer excellent protection to the delicate skin around the eyes, which helps prevent wrinkles and premature aging caused by UV rays.
#3: Sunglasses Protect Eyes from Wind, Dust, and Debris
Sunglasses create an effective wind barrier, reduce the evaporation of natural moisture, and keep your eyes comfortable. Wearing sunglasses also keeps contact lenses from drying out and prevents windblown particles from causing corneal abrasions. Close-fitting, wrap-style sunglasses are particularly effective at preventing these injuries. Some Oakley lenses even have special Hydrophobic™ coatings that repel dust, water, oils, fingerprints, and lotions to keep your eyes safe and your vision streak-free.
#4: Sunglasses Reduce Headaches and Eyestrain
Our pupils control how much light reaches the light-sensitive retina in the back of our eyes. In dim light, pupils dilate to allow in as much light as possible. In bright light, pupils constrict to prevent too much light from striking the retina. In very bright conditions, however, the pupil cannot constrict enough to reduce light exposure down to a comfortable level, and this causes us to squint — an attempt to further reduce the amount of light entering our eyes. Squinting and the constant constriction of our pupils leads to headaches and eyestrain. Sunglasses help reduce the amount of light that reaches our eyes, which increases our comfort and reduces the painful side effects of fatigue.
#5: Sunglasses Improve Vision
Our eyes require just the right amount light for good vision and long-term health. Too little light is as bad as too much. However, it’s excessive glare that causes light-induced “bleaching” of the retinas and reduces visual acuity. Dr. Brand recommends higher-end brands for the best protection and superior optical clarity. In this respect, nothing beats Oakley’s High Definition Optics®. “I would say the biggest difference between $10 drugstore sunglasses and high quality sunglasses is the ophthalmic ground lenses, rather than the pieces of plastic you find in cheap sunglasses. The optic quality and comfort of ophthalmic lenses is so superior, I don’t think people can really appreciate the difference until they’ve experienced it.”