The Sun Has Been Nice and Bright: Make Sure You’re Protecting Your Eyes

Bonded by many years of laughs and funI’d think it’s safe to say that nearly every North American has purchased a pair of sunglasses from the corner store or pharmacy at some point in their lives.

But let’s get real: you get what you pay for. Those shades may look like they will protect your eyes and should them from the sun’s rays, but they do very little – almost nothing – to keep your eyes safe.


Ultraviolet rays (UV rays) from the sun are no friend to your eyes. They can actually damage all of the structures of your eye. Corneal damage, cataracts, and macular degeneration are all possible chronic effects of UV exposure that can ultimately lead to limited vision and boost the risk for blindness.

These rays can also lead to growths in and around the eye.

The best way to protect your eyes from this damage is to purchase sunglasses with 100 percent UV ray protection. These lenses will block the UV rays from reaching your eyes and help preserve vision and eye health.

Of course, frames offering 100 percent UV protection will cost far more than the $10 – $20 pair off the rack at the corner store. But the additional cash is worth it when you think about A) how they will protect your vision and B) that you likely won’t have to replace them as often.

Although UV-blocking lenses are the best way to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, there are other ways. Here are some others:

-Wear a hat along with sunglasses. Wide-brimmed hats are the best.
-Be aware that clouds don’t block UV light. Rays can pass through haze and clouds.
-Never look directly at the sun.
-If possible, avoid being outdoors during midday when the sunlight is strongest. Try to be inside between 11 AM and 2 PM if you can.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.


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