Do sunglasses do more than just make you look cool?

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There is no disputing that everyone looks cool in sunglasses. But there is also no disputing that sunglasses serve an important role in protecting your eyes. Read on for some other reasons why you should get yourself some sunglasses (since you probably already look cool even without them).

Why get sunglasses?

In some parts of the world, you wouldn’t think of leaving the house without sunglasses – the sun is just too harsh. But even people who live in less sunny climates should wear them. Even on cloudy days, UV light from the sun can do damage to the lens, cornea, and retina. And, they should be worn even during the winter and fall – don’t forget to wear them if you are skiing or doing some fall fishing, as light can easily reflect off of water and snow to do damage to your eyes.

The right sunglasses can also help to protect the skin around your eyes, keeping this delicate skin from getting sunburned and even wrinkled. They can also keep debris from getting into your eyes and causing damage on a windy day.

What kind of sunglasses should you get?

For the highest level of protection, you should get sunglasses that offer 100% protection against UV rays. You might also consider wrap-around sunglasses if you are out in the sun all day. Polarized sunglasses might be a good option if you are out driving in the sun all day, as they help to reduce glare.

The good thing about sunglasses is that they offer important protection for a fairly cheap price (depending on where you get them and what kind of frames you want). You can get them at the neighborhood pharmacy for just a few bucks, or you can get a more expensive pair – as long as they offer protection for your eyes.

Yes, sunglasses make us all look a little cooler, but they also serve an important purpose. They protect your delicate eyes so that you can avoid serious problems. To make sure your eyes are problem-free and seeing well, make an appointment with Southside Eye Care. Call (757) 484-0101 for an exam today!


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