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How Wearing Sunglasses Protects Your Eyesight
Posted on 10/30/2017

How Wearing Sunglasses Protects Your Eyesight

How-Wearing-Sunglasses-Protects-Your-EyesightAs your expert eye doctors in and around Birmingham, AL, we at Callahan Eye Clinic are here to provide you with the comprehensive eye care you need and deserve. We’re proud to provide you with regular eye exams and needed eye surgeries for the benefit of your visual health. Another way we benefit our patients’ visual health is through our in-office optical shop that offers patients sunglasses with their prescription. Many of our patients are actually surprised to hear that sunglasses can give many advantages to their eyesight; we’d like to explain why.

Sunscreen for Your Eyes!

When you spend an extensive amount of time outside, it’s a healthy choice to put suntan lotion on in order to protect your skin. Similarly, if you’re outside in the sun for a prolonged period of time, you should wear sunglasses as well. The sun’s rays can actually do damage to your eyes just as they can to your skin; people who spend more time out in the sun without wearing sunglasses will have a greater risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration. In some cases, a person can even develop skin cancer around the eyelids. By wearing a pair of sunglasses, you’ll be able to give yourself protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Sunglasses can block out over 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays that can cause damage to your eyes. As an added bonus, they’ll be able to cut down on glare and they’ll also be able to protect your eyes from any wind, dust, or debris.

You should wear sunglasses as often as possible when you’re outside and doing anything in the sun. This isn’t just for sunny days either. Even when it’s cloudier or in one of the winter months, you should consider wearing sunglasses because the sun’s UV rays are still harmful in non-sunny weather.

Will Sunglasses Always Keep My Eyes Safe?

While they’ll keep your eyes safe in basic situations, they won’t necessarily keep your eyes safe in every scenario. For example, even the best sunglasses can’t always protect your eyes from intense light. Intense light can include welding torches, light from tanning beds, and even simply staring directly into the sun for too long. Being exposed to intense light can potentially damage your retinas and cause permanent vision loss – even if you’re wearing sunglasses. If you’re going to be spending any amount of time around intense light, it’s best to ask your optometrist or ophthalmologist about how to best protect your eyes in these situations.

Contact Your Optometrists and Ophthalmologists in Birmingham, AL!

If you have any further questions about our sunglasses, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with your eye doctor, feel free to give us a call at (205) 933-6888. We look forward to hearing from you!