Most people agree that sunglasses can protect eyes from harmful UV rays. Most people also believe that eye protection benefits overall health. And the majority of individuals usually wears sunglasses during outdoor activities and while driving. Yet, not even half of individuals surveyed actually wear sunglasses that truly protect their eyes. In addition, the majority of people also feel that children should wear sunglasses too, but one glance at a park or ball field on sunny day and the lack of follow through in this area is obvious.
So why the disparity? Many individuals focus only on fashion when choosing sunglasses, or they don’t feel that UV protection is an absolute necessity. The following 5 facts provide the necessary information to help eliminate excuses for not protecting eyes against harmful UV rays.
- Experts stress the importance of UV protection for eyes. In “How the Sun Affects Our Eyes: An Interview with an Optometrist,” author Denise Cripps details that not only is the accumulated affect of UV rays on the eyes significant, but it is especially so for those under 18. Because protecting eyes is so crucial, eliminating excuses for not protecting them is a worthwhile pursuit.
- You can have BOTH fashion and UV protection. Many individuals choose sunglasses based on fashion. Unfortunately, fashion sunglasses often fail to protect eyes against harmful UV rays. Yet fortunately, a large variety of sunglasses DO PROTECT the eyes and also LOOK GREAT on the wearer. Check out these options, and you’ll quickly become a believer.
- Affordability is no longer an issue. While many sunglasses with UV protection can get pricey, there are just as many that are quite affordable. Makers like Tapout provide a variety of fashionable and affordable options with several items pricing out below $20.
- The options available eliminate excuses. Individuals who wear prescription glasses as well as those needing an additional level of safety because of their job no longer have to compromise either. There are a variety of over-prescription eyewear, prescription-ready sunglasses, and safety sunglasses with UV protection to fit anyone’s unique situation. Even those wearing bifocals have some terrific options for sunglasses.
- Protecting your child’s eyes doesn’t have to be expensive. Many people are hesitant to spend a lot on sunglasses for children because in general children tend to either be rough or forgetful and often both. Fortunately, many inexpensive options such as the Smith & Wesson Mini-Magnum Safety Glasses with Gold Metallic Mirror and the Dewalt Renovator Small Safety Glasses with Indoor-Outdoor Lens exist to protect young eyes against UV rays as well as against impact hazards such as those that come with sports. Options are so affordable, that purchasing a back-up pair is not out of the question.
Changing habits can be a struggle for many people, and education can be a key component to eliminate excuses that stand in the way. This fact certainly holds true for protecting eyes against harmful rays from the sun. With the elimination of the excuses addressed in the above 5 facts, hopefully the disparity between belief and action can be reduced.
Stay tuned for next week’s article that will identify and address one of the biggest reasons many individuals do not wear sunglasses.