Sunglasses: More than just a style accessory

While it’s common for all of us to protect our skin from UV damage, we don’t pay similar consideration to our eyes.

The harsh UV rays can have a damaging effect on your eye health as well. So, the stunning shades you hooked onto your shirt just to look cool should actually be on your face and over your eyes.

If you don’t know how much of an important role sunglasses play in our eye health, read this blog. And who knows, by the time you finish reading, you may have a newfound respect for your sunglasses.

Why do you need to wear sunglasses?

On days when you feel like the sun is not so out and loud, you still need to wear your sunglasses. Even when the rays are not so harsh and you don’t have to squint your eyes to see clearly, your sunglasses could do a lot for you.

Wearing sunglasses not only protect your eyes from bright lights but could also prevent the development of certain eye diseases that are believed to be triggered by UV exposure.

Cataract and age-related macular degeneration are some of the eye disorders that are believed to be caused by the sun. Thus, using shades when you are out in the sun brings down your risk of developing these vision-threatening eye diseases.

Apart from UV 400, your eyes are also vulnerable to the blue light that your digital devices emit. While you can escape this light by using blue light glasses, only sunglasses could protect your eyes from UV harm.

How do sunglasses protect your eyes?

Sunglasses do more than just shield your eyes from blinding lights. If you think that they darken your vision field so you could view your surroundings more comfortably, you need to change that.

Sunglasses are the very accessory that shields your eyes from UV rays. Different sunglass tints have different functions. So you should choose for your specific vision needs and lifestyle. Where grey tints improve colour contrast, green tints are the best when it comes to blocking blue light and reducing glare. Another most important alternative to sunglasses is transition lenses. These lenses change colour and darken up in the presence of UV light while remaining clear indoors. Thus, they are perfect for people who need both prescription glasses and sunglasses. 

An advancement in normal sunglasses, polarised sunglasses are able to offer the best kind of protection from UV light and glare. The polarisation technology used in these lenses only allow vertical light to pass through your eyes and block horizontal light thereby reducing glare and unwanted reflections.

Polarised sunglasses are incredibly useful when you are driving or skiing. If you think that you only need sunglasses in summer, you are wrong. Even during winters, your eyes could be constantly bothered by the light reflections on the snow. Polarised sunglasses will block these reflections and enhance your vision field.

Can you use sunglasses indoors?

As most sunglasses have dark tints, they reduce the amount of light that enters your eyes. While they are perfect for outdoor settings during the day, indoor lights are not that harsh or bright. Thus, wearing sunglasses indoors will reduce visibility which will put a strain on your eyes.

If you are thinking whether you can use sunglasses during screen time or playing games, you can’t. You should look for other alternatives such as blue light glasses or gaming glasses for this matter.

Sunglasses are meant to block UV rays which our eyes don’t get much of when we are indoors. So, it’s better to use prescription or non-tinted glasses when you are at your home or office.