Friday, June 27, 2014

Sun Protection: You Gotta Wear Shades

It was an overcast, winter day in Arizona.  I had driven to South Mountain for a refreshing hike when I realized I'd forgotten my sunglasses at home.

There was no sun in sight.  I remember thinking, "I'm not going to be out that long. It's cloudy.  I don't need my sunglasses."

During my one hour journey through the mountain trails my eyes felt fine. However, later that day the skin surrounding my eyes was red and tender.  The pain continued to increase, eventually it hurt to blink.  The next day, my mirror revealed what I feared - my eyelids were burnt!

Now, well over a decade later, I still have a faint pink area on my eyelids, reminding me of how important it is to always wear sunglasses outside.

I always keep extra pairs of sunglasses in my car, just in case. My husband makes jokes about my "collections of sunglasses" in odd places (backyard, both cars, mud room, purses). Hey, I never know when we will need another pair - especially at the rate my children lose theirs.

Reasons to Wear Sunglasses

Improved Ability to See - You can see better when you aren't squinting at the sun

Sensory Comfort- Many people are light sensitive

UV Protection - UV Radiation from the sun can cause cataracts
Blue-Light Protection - It is believed that long-term exposure to the blue and violet light in the solar spectrum can increase the risk for macular degeneration

Skin Cancer - The eyelids and areas surrounding the eyes are one of the most common regions for nonmelanoma skin cancers

Sunglasses help protect your eyes from sunburn, skin cancer, and cataracts.

Selecting Sunglasses
UV - 99% or 100% UV Absorption (or UV 400)

Frames - Oversized frames, especially a wraparound style, cover more area that UV could get through

Polarized - Improve Clarity and crispness of vision by reducing the glare from horizontal surfaces

Lens Color - You don't need those super dark lenses; many colors can work just as well

Protect Your Peepers and Have a Happy Sunglasses Day!!

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  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome! It easy to forget that your eyes can be harmed even if it isn't sunny outside. We love it when our readers let us know what they like! Thank you for the comment luv and have a wonderful time sporting your shades!


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