How to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Sunglasses may be a more prevalent hot topic around the summertime, but they are actually intended to be worn all year-long. Even during the coldest of winter months, with thick clouds above and all, sunglasses are just as useful as they are when the sun is blazing in the clear blue summer sky.

The most obvious thing sunglasses shield you from is the light, but what you don’t see is that within that light there is something called UV rays. UV rays abound whenever and wherever sunlight is around. Whether the sun is covered by thick clouds or not, when our eyes undergo too much exposure to UV rays, this could result in various eye-related issues.

There are three kinds of UV rays, but two that we interact with more frequently:

  • UV-A: These rays can hurt your central vision, which is what your eyes use when you are looking straight ahead of you.
  • UV-B: While your cornea and lens absorb most of these rays, overexposure to these rays can result in various eye diseases.
  • UV-C: We rarely interact with these rays (if we do at all). They are absorbed by the atmosphere, however, and can be found in man-made sources of radiation.

Because UVA and UVB rays are penetrable through windows and clouds, it is highly recommended that you protect your eyes from their effects such as eye wrinkles, cancers, and blurred vision. Katy Optiks has a few tips on how you can do this to preserve the health of your vision:

Wear Sunglasses:

Our wide variety of sunglasses include lenses that protect the eyes from both UVA and UVB sun rays. Our performance eyewear is the perfect option for those living with active lifestyles. Check out our wide variety of designer sunglasses to find the perfect pair for you.

Wear a Hat:

Wearing a hat on top of wearing your sunglasses will not only give your outfit a stylish edge, but it will give you extra shade and protection from the harmful effects of UV rays.

Don’t Look Directly at the Sun:

While you are having fun in the sun, try not to look directly at the sun. Looking at the sun for an extended period of time can cause you to inherit issues with your vision.

Get Added UV Protection in Your Contacts:

 While this can’t serve as a stand-alone way in which to avoid UV rays, this will provide extra protection from the UV rays that could get past your sunglasses which depends on the style you purchase.  

While you enjoy your time outdoors, protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun by checking out our wide variety of UVA and UVB protection sunglasses and contact options. Contact us for more information on our eyewear today.