Today is National
Sunglasses – we all have them. Aviators, shields, Ray-Bans,
big ones, small ones, round ones, and square ones – the fashion statements you
can make with the right pair of sunglasses are endless. However, in addition to
looking good, sunglasses play an important part in keeping your eyesight
healthy, and they should be used every day to make sure you preserve your
vision as much as possible!
People have been experimenting with different kinds of “sunglasses”
since the beginning of time. Even
back in prehistoric times, people wore flattened walrus ivory
"glasses," with narrow slits in them to block harmful reflected rays
of the sun. While these days the choices of sunglasses are much vaster, they
are still a key component to maintaining eye health.
Sunglasses can improve visual comfort on a bright day,
especially on the beach or while driving. Polarized sunglasses reduce glare from surfaces such as water and are
popular among fishermen because they allow wearers to see into water when
normally only glare would be seen.
Beyond that, the most widespread protection from sunglasses
is against ultraviolet radiation, which can cause many short-term and long-term
eye problems. Without sunglasses, a person can increase their chances of
photokeratitis, snow blindness, cataracts, macular degeneration, and even
various forms of eye cancer.
So, appreciate your sunglasses for what they are: much more
than just a fashion statement to make you look good! Don’t leave home without
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