Give the Gift of Safer Sight
Though most of us own at least one pair of sunglasses, it is likely we chose those shades for style and comfort, not protection. But if your sunglasses do not offer coverage from the two most harmful types of UV light — UVA and UVB — they may actually cause more harm than good. At Logan Eye Care, we have both fashion combined with the protection you need.
Every day, we are exposed to countless environmental factors, including pollution, air quality and the sun’s rays, that can affect our eyesight in more ways than we may realize. That is why anyone who likes to spend time outdoors would benefit from a reliable pair of shades. So if you are still deciding what gift to get people on your nice list this year, sunglasses just might be that perfect present.
How the Environment Affects Your Eyes
When combined with UV rays, environmental elements have proven to be damaging to the eyes. Factors affecting vision include:
Sunglasses are a stylish way to protect your eyes from not only the sun, but sand as well. Sand reflects more sun than soil or grass, so your eyes may be suffering if you are not careful.
Like sand, water is also extremely reflective of the sun. Photokeratitis, or sunburn of the cornea, is often caused by rays reflecting off of bodies of water into the eyes. In most cases, the condition can be treated easily and only has short-term effects. Still, it is best to wear sunglasses while enjoying a day on the water to avoid sun damage altogether.
Wind is an additional environmental factor that can take a toll on your eyesight. If you know someone who enjoys cycling or rides a motorcycle, chances are they would love a good pair of wraparound sunglasses. Wraparound sunglasses shield the eyes not only from the sun’s rays, but from wind and dust as well. Because they cover the perimeter of the eyes, they are able to block glare from the sides unlike many other sunglasses.
Another environmental element that can be damaging to your eyes is the snow. Snow blindness is another form of sun burn of the eyes caused by UV rays damaging the corneas. When someone goes “snow blind,” they experience blurred vision, a stinging or burning sensation, sensitivity to light, and a gritty feeling as if something is in their eye.
Because snow reflects 80% of UV rays, there is a high chance of damaging your sight when vacationing in areas where it snows. Keeping sunglasses nearby when skiing, snowboarding, riding a snow lift, or spending the weekend in a cabin could make all the difference in your eyesight.
Snow blindness might not be an issue in Florida, but if you know someone who is planning to go on a trip up north this winter, sunglasses may be the present they never knew they needed.
Consider Prescription Sunglasses
An estimated 64% of people living in the US using some form of vision correction wear eyeglasses. While many people who wear glasses would appreciate prescription sunglasses, few take the time to purchase them. Did you know that you can use your HSA and FSA benefits for prescription sunglasses? It is a great gift for yourself.
Those who do not have good vision or wear contacts may not have the luxury of just putting on a pair of sunglasses. This is something we may take for granted, but could really benefit someone who wears glasses, but does not own a pair of prescription sunglasses, making them a thoughtful gift choice this holiday season. We offer gift certificates for your loved ones to make this important and thoughtful purchase.
Because we are exposed to the sun every day, understanding the importance of sunglasses and how they can prevent problems with your eyes is crucial. Visit Logan Eye Care to learn more about optical health and how sunglasses can benefit you and your loved ones.