Have you ever wondered why you should wear sunglasses?
There are many benefits of wearing shades, aside from their status as a style accessory, sunglasses have a host of benefits for your eyes. They cut down on glare, prevent problems with your eyes and contribute to better vision. With all that going for them, here are five reasons you should get some high quality shades and wear them regularly.
1. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the elements.
Whether skiing down a mountain, reclining on a tropical beach or biking along a dirt road, sunglasses can make the difference between damaging your eyes and having an enjoyable outdoor adventure. Sand, wind and dust can all irritate your eyes or scratch the cornea, sometimes causing permanent damage. Snow, while less abrasive, instead reflects UV rays from the sun at your eyes. If you’re spending a lot of time in the snow without sunglasses, it can cause “snow blindness,” a temporary loss of vision due to overexposure to the UV rays reflected off ice and snow. Wearing sunglasses will avert snow blindness and keep you on the slopes longer.
2. Sunglasses help prevent certain eye diseases related to the sun.
Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygium. Cataracts involves a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision; macular degeneration results from deterioration of the macula in the retina that destroys central vision; and pterygium involves tissue growth on the eyeball. Wearing sunglasses that have UV protection can help protect against these conditions, keeping your eyes healthier, longer.
3. You’ll be able to see more and enjoy the view more than otherwise.
In addition to protecting your health, wearing sunglasses simply helps you see better in bright light. They cut down on glare and improve the colors and contrast of your view, so you can better take in your outdoor surroundings or drive more safely. Even on somewhat cloudy days, wearing sunglasses while driving can improve your vision and cut down on glare. If you’re out fishing instead of driving, you’ll also be able to see past the surface of water more easily without that bright, reflective glare.
4. Sunglasses will help protect your eyes if they are recovering from a procedure.
Corrective eye surgeries are common these days, including LASIK or cataract surgery. But it’s important you continue to wear sunglasses after the procedure to help your eyes heal. The sunglasses will help protect your eyes from damage and ensure your eyes heal smoothly and quickly.
5. You’ll be able to avoid headaches and migraines.
For many people who regularly get migraines or bad headaches, bright sunlight can be a major trigger. Wearing sunglasses allows you to soak up the sun without risking extreme pain and discomfort.
Whatever reason appeals most to you, the bottom line is that sunglasses make your eyes safer and keep you more comfortable in the outdoors. So make sure to get a pair of high quality sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays and wear them regularly.
New season, new garden. Whether it’s your first seed or you’re an accomplished vet, here are the must-have pieces you’ll need to be equipped for a successful gardening season.
Utility belt. A handy addition to keep your gardening essentials within reach and accessible. Should be comfortable and be able to hold all the things you’ll need. Beats putting things in your pockets.
Mosquito-repellent clothing. Instead of using a sticky mosquito spray, try Canada’s first mosquito repellent clothing WindRiver No Fly Zone is a clothing line exclusive to Mark’s that is proven to repel mosquitoes.
Gloves. Don’t let the dirt get under your nails. Look for waterproof gloves with grips that are true to size, helping to keep your hands safe from scrapes or cuts.
Eyewear. Sunglasses or protective eyewear will keep the dirt (and sweat dripping off your forehead) out of sight and out of mind. They’ll also increase your coolness factor by at least 20 per cent.
Boots. Waterproof and comfortable boots will take you from one pot to the next. From low top to high top, rubber to leather, choose a style and fit that suits your needs and will keep you moving and grooving.
Sunglasses, like many accessories, stemmed from a very practical purpose: protecting your eyes from the intensity of light to enhance your vision when it’s impaired by light or glare. Today, they are no longer just a practical tool. They are, without any doubt, a way to showcase personal style and flair, with some owning multiple pairs so they can match the right pair of shades with their outfits, occasion and mood. In most scenarios, eye doctors will recommend wearing protective eyewear such as sunglasses anytime the sun is out regardless of the season.
Here's where sunglasses show up in History:
Dating as far back as prehistoric times, the Inuit people would cover their eyes with rudimentary, slatted goggles made from walrus ivory that would help to shield their eyes from the harsh rays of the sun.
Roman Emperor Nero would watch the gladiators battle through emeralds he placed in front of his eyes. While they would distort his vision, but they provided him some much-needed relief from the reflective rays of the hot summer sun.
In China, people would use smoked quartz crystals to combat the blinding glare.
The judges in China’s top courts would wear prescribed sunglasses, not as a method of sun protection but to conceal their eyes while questioning witnesses on the stand. Sunglasses have since become synonymous with James Bond-style secret agents and Secret Service bodyguards charged with protecting high risk or affluent members of society.
In 1752, a man by the name of James Ayscough began to experiment with tinted lenses by placing them in spectacles. According to documentation, Ayscough believed that glasses tinted in a blue or green color could correct the eyesight of visually impaired people.
When syphilis became widespread throughout the early twentieth century, doctors would begin to prescribe amber and brown tinted glasses, since the sensitivity to light was such a pronounced symptom of the disease.
By the 1900’s, sunglasses had achieved widespread appeal and critical acclaim by the masses. As the trend hit America, movie stars began wearing them in public to prevent fans from recognizing them. This trend in Hollywood, like any trend in Hollywood, increased the mass appeal, and film buffs from around the world began adopting the large framed sunglasses worn by the Hollywood elite.
To read more about how sunglasses work, the types of sunglasses, how sunglasses should fit, and more read the full article on Sunglasses Guide For Men from Gentleman's Gazette
Most people know the sun’s rays are bad for our skin. But did you know they’re just as bad for our eyes?
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some of the sun’s effects on the eyes include:
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.
Just because Daylight Savings ends on Sunday, November 5 2017, that doesn't mean it's time to put your sunglasses away for the year. Quite the contrary!
Sunburns and other eye problems resulting from over exposure from the sun are a problem year round. The issue with these later months is that we don't FEEL THE HEAT from the sun, so we don't think there's any danger.
Top 10 reasons to continue wearing your sunglasses in the Fall months
10 Reasons You Need to Wear Sunglasses in the Fall
Shopping for a new pair of sunglasses is more important than you might think.
High on the list of priorities for many people is finding eyewear that's fashionable and affordable. But most forget, functionality.
The most important thing is to remember that UV protection is top priority. If you pick up your perfect pair of sunglasses and you think they're the cutest thing you've ever seen, make sure you check the label because you're kind of wasting your time by putting on pair of sunglasses on that are not UV protected.
You want to look on the label to make sure it's 99% UV protected at least, 100% is better, but a lot of sunglasses are a 99% UV protection and that covers you pretty well.
Also, don't be fooled by lens tint or color.
A lot of people will think that darker glasses protect your eyes better, but the color and the darkness, the tint, of the glasses really doesn't matter. Only the amount of UV protection matters.
Polarized eye-wear is also a good option.
Polarized lenses protect you from glare reflecting from the sun on the water surface, sand or snow.
Not protecting your eyes could cost you in the long run. UV light has been tied to increased incidents of cancerous growths on the eyes and eyelids, as well as early cataracts.
Whether behind the wheel, in the backyard, or on the beach, remember that sun exposure always requires sunglasses at any age. Sunglasses are small protection now, to prevent bigger problems later.
What's the difference between UVA and UVB?
Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays make the skin tan; ultraviolet B (UVB) rays cause skin to burn. UVB used to get all of the blame for causing skin cancer, but new research shows UVA is equally damaging. This is particularly worrisome since UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent, and they penetrate deeper into skin cells.
What does SPF stand for? Is a higher number more effective?
An SPF, or sun protection factor, indicates a sunscreen's effectiveness at preventing sunburn. How do you know which SPF to choose? If your skin reddens in 10 minutes without sunscreen, SPF 15 multiplies that time (10 minutes) by 15, meaning you'd be protected from sunburn for approximately 150 minutes or 2 1/2 hours.
Of course, this depends on an adequate application of sunscreen and is based on SPF calculations with artificial instead of natural sunlight.
It is recommended to use sunscreen with at least SPF of 15, which blocks 93% of UVB rays. Higher SPFs provide a greater protection, but only to a certain point. SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of UVB and SPF 50+ blocks 98 percent.
Don't forget to protect your eyes!
Just like our skin, the sun can also damage our eyes. Although designed to protect the eye, the eyelid’s skin is thin and contains many fragile tissues vulnerable to UV light. Inside the eye, the lens and cornea, both transparent, filter UV rays, but years of UV absorption can damage them. The lens, the eye’s focusing mechanism, can turn yellowish and cataractous. The cornea, the area in front at the outer layer of the eye, admits light and images to the retina.*
UV radiation can increases your odds of getting cataracts, which cloud the eye’s lens and lead to diminished eyesight. It has also been linked to macular degeneration, a treatable, but incurable disease of the macula, a part of the retina that is essential for sharp vision.
How to reduce damage from UV rays
Fortunately, like your skin, there are easy ways to protect your eyes such as wearing sunglasses or wide brimmed hats when in the sun. What a great excuse to purchase some hot summer accessories!
Do ya wear sunglasses as an accessory or a necessity? Sure, they look cool, but they serve a more important purpose than to add a touch of glam to your outfit. Read on to find out why you need to be wearing sunglasses.
Sunglasses - Why Should You Wear Sunglasses?
You know that ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause skin cancer, right? Well, it can damage your eyes too. There are two types of UV rays that reach the Earth's surface - and they can totally wreak havoc on your eyes:
• UVA - Causes premature aging of the skin and eyes.
• UVB - Causes sunburns, skin cancer, snow blindness and cataracts (an eye disease where the eye lens becomes opaque).
Since you can't exactly slather sunscreen on your eyes, you've got to wear sunglasses to protect them.
Sunglasses - When Should You Wear Sunglasses?
Wear sunglasses year-round cuz UV rays are present at all times of the year. Even on cloudy days, UV rays can pass through haze and clouds! However, the intensity of UV rays triples in the summer, so always wear your sunglasses when you're hangin' outdoors during vacation.
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