Blog post by Holly Hoopes

Sunglasses are important in many aspects. Looking fashionable is an added bonus to the preventative measures the right pair of sunglasses can offer.

When choosing a pair of sunglasses begin by looking for sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. Although UVA rays have the least amount of energy they still can cause skin cells to age and may be the source of long-term skin issues. UVB rays have more energy causing damage to the outermost layers of the skin which can result in skin cancer as well as premature aging around the eyes. UV light damages the proteins in your eyes. By wearing sunglasses with complete UV protection, you can reduce the risk of damage and possibly cataracts.

Sunglasses also protect your eyes from sand, dust, wind and even snow.  Getting sand or dirt in your eyes can be very irritating and can scratch your eye or produce an infection. Flushing your eye out is the best solution to prevent further damage. Snow reflects 80% of UV rays from the sun causing snow blindness or photokeratitis and is very damaging to the eye.

If your eyes are sensitive to light or if you frequently get headaches, wearing sunglasses can reduce eye strain and fatigue. While driving into the sunlight sunglasses can help you see better and arrive to your destination safely.

These are just a few reasons why sunglasses should be an important part of your everyday wear. Let us help you find a fun and functional pair of sunglasses today!