Why Sunglasses Are Important

Submitted by abigailnprescott on Wed, 09/08/2021 - 10:05

UV light from the sun can have damaging effects on the eyes. This includes a higher risk for developing cataracts, eye cancer, macular degeneration, and sunburns in the eye. With a higher UV index, living in Arizona makes these risks even higher than average.  

The easiest way to avoid sun damage is to wear sunglasses. It is highly recommended by eye care professionals to wear sunglasses year round, especially next to bodies of water or even snow. This is due to how both of these substances can reflect light, adding more strain on your eyes.

The most important aspect of effective sunglasses is 99-100% UV radiation protection. You also want them to have large lenses that will block out at least 75% of visible light.  

Another benefit of sunglasses is that they help protect the delicate skin around the eyes. This can lead to less wrinkles, and lessen the appearance of dark circles.  

A large number of sunglasses sold in stores or online meet the requirements listed previously at a reasonable price. The only significant difference between cheap and expensive sunglasses are the frames, which have nothing to do with eye protection. This means that eye protection is cheap and readily accessible.



Submitted by eeggers on Wed, 09/08/2021 - 10:09


This is good - I wonder if you could make an image that talks about all the traits sunglasses should have instead of spelling it all out

- typo reflect

Submitted by amandacarlson on Wed, 09/08/2021 - 10:12


This is a really interesting post. I know sunglasses help to protect the eye itself from UV ray damage; however, I had not thought about the fact that sunglasses also help to protect the skin surrounding the eye from sun damage. This is another great reason to utilize sunglasses.