Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth -Buddha
With summer just around the corner, our sunglass habits could use some improvement. Especially as Oregonians, we tend to be an active bunch. As a result, we face the great eye wear challenge - finding glasses and sun glasses that stand up to the test.
Not everyone may realize that children take in 3x more UV exposure than adults - up to 80% of their lifetime exposure occur by age 20. Research is also showing us how the amount of UV radiation is nearly doubled during peak running times!
The amount of damage that can be done to our eyes when unprotected from UV is no joke. When considering if that second pair of frames is worth the cost, take a moment to weigh the pros vs. the cons. According to the National Eye Institute, some of the sun’s effects on the eyes include:
- Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.
- Macular degeneration, resulting from damage to the retina that destroys central vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
- Pterygium, a tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism.
When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your vision sharp and eyes healthy. Look for a label that also says the sunglasses meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards. Consider what type of activities you plan to be involved in while wearing your sunglasses. Are you an avid hiker or mountain biker? Will you mainly be wearing sunglasses while driving in the car? Do you spend most of your free outdoor time involved in a water sport? Whatever the situation, finding the right pair of sunglasses relates directly to the amount of time you are likely to wear them outdoors. It's never too late to put kids into sunglasses and it's never too late to begin wearing them. Consider your lifestyle, consider your eye health, and most of all - get out and enjoy yourself.