5 Reasons to Wear Sunglasses
Once you think about it, our eyes, among other organs are vitally important for our survival. One of the best ways to protect our eyes is by using sunglasses because the world we see, our loved ones inside it and the article you are reading right now would have been impossible without our eyes and it is our responsibility and need to protect our eyes for good. For the love of fashion, comfort and protection, here are 5 reasons why you should wear sunglasses all seasons.
1. UV Light Protection
Ultraviolet (UV) light is electromagnetic radiation that originates from the Sun and is transmitted in waves. There are three ranges of Ultraviolet radiation, UVC, UVB and UVA. The UV light is what makes black light posters glow and summer tans and sunburns. However, too much exposure is damaging to living tissue, especially our eyes.
Studies show that unprotected and prolonged exposure to the sun harms our eyes and invites problems from minor eye irritation to major eye problems. Even short term exposure to very bright lights or the sun can cause a type of sunburn in our eyes. Yes, you heard that right, sunburn in our eyes also known as Photokeratitis, in other words also known as ‘snow blindness and ‘flash burns’. Photokeratitis affects the eye’s cornea and conjunctiva, the eyelid’s inner lining membranes and also the outer lining of the eye.
Similar to sunburn, it causes inflammation, pain and redness that can last up to 48 hours. Putting damp clothes over the eyes and over the counter medicines can help minimize the symptoms but as they say, prevention is better than cure. You can save yourself a lot of pain by wearing a hat with wide rims or a pair of sunglasses like Soupcan Pantos M from TAVAT that guarantees protection against UV light and HEV light.
And for that extra measure of safety, you can order your next pair of TAVAT sunglasses from Cobalt International (Cobaltbkk). As TAVAT eyewear has melanin infused lenses which shields our eyes against UV rays and block 100% UV Light and filter 98% of Violet-Blue (HEV) Light. The lenses are infused with synthetic melanin that provides protection, improves clarity and enhances contrast.
More so, too much exposure to UV light is associated with yet another eye problems like Cataracts and Glaucoma in human eyes. When the natural lens of the eyes are clouded, the condition is called cataract.
According to a study by Glaucoma Research Foundation, ‘prolonged and long term exposure to the sun’s UV rays contribute to cataracts’. It was discovered that the UV light exposures worsen the symptoms of Glaucoma, a serious eye condition that can result in blindness. Sunglasses with complete UV protection like TAVAT’s Soupcan collection which can help reduce the risk of cataracts or complications from glaucoma.
When a part of a retina called macula deteriorates it is called macular degeneration. Macular degeneration can cause vision impairment and many causes eventual blindness. Research suggests a particular type of UV radiation can speed up the deterioration of the macula and it is best to wear sunglasses that best protect against UV rays and its harmful effect.
2. Protection Against Snow Glare
Sun and screens are not the only culprits here, the harmless looking snow hampers our eyes as well. Studies have shown that snow reflects 90% of sun’s rays and affects the corneas of our eyes and the UV rays increases by 10% every 1000m you climb. The reflected rays cause a condition called ‘snow blindness’. So, protecting our eyes while enjoying the snow and snow sports like skiing, climbing is a must.
Optometrists recommend glasses with category 2 sun lenses like IZIPIZI sun Snow; which has 100% UV ‘all weather’ screen which will enable good visibility in low light and guarantees protection against glare. IZIPIZI Sun Snow is made from Polycarbonate material, which makes them ultra-durable and anti-fog glasses. They are also cold shocks proof with adjustable headband.
3. Protection Against Air Pollution, Dust and Smog
Air pollution around the world is not uncommon. We have read, seen and experienced air pollution. In recent weeks, Bangkok is experiencing its worst bout of air pollution in decades, as the Government was forced to shut down schools and construction works in an attempt to limit the effects on millions of people in the region. The smog and dust reached levels from 150-200 which is unhealthy according to Air Quality Index.
Doctors believe lungs, and eyes are especially vulnerable to effects of air pollution and indicators can range from itching, stinging, conjunctivitis, feeling of foreign body in eyes, redness and even swelling of our corneas, keratitis.
The most vulnerable are the children and people between the ages of 20-40. Health experts advise avoiding contact lenses, as it can make the allergies worse.
But there are of course prevention and solutions to these problems, Ophthalmologist recommends washing of the eye twice daily and wearing zero power wrap around spectacles or sunglasses like ‘Glacier’ from TAVAT eyewear and ‘Sun Glacier’ from IZIPIZI sunglasses before the problems become irreversible.
And the big NO is ‘no rubbing’ of the eye as it can worsen the existing problem.
4. For Safer Driving
Do you squint your eyes while driving on a bright sunny day? It happens because of sun glare reflected from the front of the car and directly to your eyes.
Sun glare can happen any time of the day, during the day in bright light, or when it’s cloudy and during the evening too when the sun is low on the horizon. While in the front seat driving, polarized sunglasses can be worn to stop sun glare to avoid accidents. It can be worn during light rain and even during the evening. Sunglasses will definitely help you see well and concentrate on the road and driving. The only time it's not safe to wear glasses while driving is at night.
Glare just doesn't come from the sun, snow and metals too can cause glare and can cause ‘eye fatigue’. Polarized sunglasses help to avoid these problems and there are various options available by Spektre. Also, orange, gray, brown and green colored lenses increases contrast and enhances visibility while driving. Try some of the suggested collection like ‘Memento’, ‘Semper Adams’, ‘Nesa’ from Spektre to protect your eyes and look stylish at the same time while on the road.
5. And Of-course! For Style
Whether you are a shy girl or a celebrity with no makeup on with paparazzi around, sunglasses always saves you. Sunglasses have all the benefits in the world for your eyes but at the same time makes you look fashionable and enigmatic.
Beyond being a great piece of fashion accessory, sunglasses can be so much more. It protects our eyes from the sun, gives us comfort and makes us stand out in the crowd like sunglasses from CAZAL Eyewear and Blake Kuwahara glasses which provides 100% UV protection and a 100% style statement.
Sunglasses can definitely alleviate a boring casual look and make you look a million bucks. All the brands IZIPIZI, TAVAT, Spektre, Blake Kuwahara and CAZAL mentioned in this article are sold by designer eyewear distributor Cobalt International (Cobaltbkk) in Bangkok, Thailand.
So, next time you go out, besides confidence, make sunglasses your best accessory.