Summertime is here and it’s time to round up the family for a fun, relaxing beach vacation. Maybe staying close to home and sitting poolside is more your speed. Whatever activity entices you to spend time outdoors, you always remember to slather sunscreen on yourself and the kids to protect from damaging sunburns. This summer, don’t forget to give your eyes the same level of sun protection.
It’s probably second nature to put on a pair of sunglasses when driving, playing a round of golf, or doing yard work in the summer. You might also remember to grab a hat for additional protection. But, did you know that you’re putting your eyes at risk by not wearing reading sunglasses? If you use reading glasses, as most people do when you get into your 40s, it’s important to keep a pair of reading sunglasses on hand when spending time outdoors.
Why Are Reading Sunglasses so Important?
If you’re reading a book by the pool, you need the protection of special sunglasses to block out ultraviolet rays that lead to dangerous eye conditions down the road. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive and is a prime spot for skin cancer to occur. A lifetime of sun exposure also leads to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. Time has a way of slipping away when reading an exciting novel in your beach chair, but it you’re not wearing sunglasses, you’ve needlessly exposed your eyes to damaging rays.
Comfort is another prime reason to invest in a pair of prescription-strength sunglasses. Some people are very sensitive to bright light and glare. Reading sunglasses will cut the glare and brightness, reduce eyestrain, and make your reading experience more enjoyable.
Some of the eye conditions that can occur from sun damage include:
- Cataracts – cloudiness of the eye lens that leads to blurry vision.
- Pterygium – leads to astigmatism when tissue grows over the whites of the eyes, altering the curvature of the eyeball.
- Macular degeneration – impedes overall vision due to retina damage. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness.
What Kind of Reading Sunglasses Should I Look For?
Ideally, look for a pair of sunglasses that blocks 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB sunlight. Polarized lenses are also a great choice for reducing glare, which is a common problem when reading near water.
There’s no reason to purchase an expensive pair of reading sunglasses from an optometrist. Many over-the-counter sunglasses are given a “seal of acceptance” by optometrist groups, which means they meet all of the standards of delivering the best UVA and UVB sun protection.
Do all you can to protect your eyes from damaging sunlight this summer. Apply sunscreen, wear a hat, and most importantly, invest in a pair of quality reading sunglasses. Your eyes will thank you.
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