Wearing Sunglasses Will Protect Your Vision, BUT...

By Rockport Family Eye Care | May 06, 2014
Photo by: Rockport Family Eyecare

...only if the sunglasses have the proper protection. Overexposure to UV rays damages the lens of the eye and may play a role in developing cataracts. Too much UV exposure can also damage the eye's retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. UV rays can also reflect off surfaces to cause damage to the cornea. For instance, if you spend too much time in the snow on a sunny day without eye protection, you may experience snowblindness, where your cornea gets burned, leaving you in pain or even temporarily blind. Getting the right pair of sunglasses is crucial protection. They should be polarized and protect against both UV-A and UV-B rays. Wearing shades that are merely tinted harm you more than they help you. The tint causes pupils to get larger, allowing more unfiltered UV rays to get into the eyes.

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