In order to prevent vision loss as you age, it's important that you wear sunglasses whenever you plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time. Just like sunscreen protects your skin from becoming burned by the sun's harmful rays, sunglasses protect your eyes as well as the sensitive skin that surrounds them from a variety of debilitating conditions. Here is a closer look at how UV rays can affect your eyes:
Photokeratitis is the term used to describe a burning of the cornea as a result of excessive and acute exposure to ultra violet rays. The symptoms of this painful and irritating condition include halos and fuzzy vision, headaches, and -in the worst cases- temporary blindness. You can prevent photokeratitis from taking its toll on your sight by simply wearing your sunglasses while outside.
Another condition that can develop due to UV exposure is cataracts, which is a clouding of the lens and a loss of clear vision. Cataracts are an age-related condition, however they are far more prevalent in aging adults who have experienced prolonged exposure to the sun throughout their youth and adulthood.
Like cataracts, macular degeneration (MD) is another age-related condition that compromises the ability to see clearly. Instead of affecting the lens, however, this condition targets the macula. While some cases are the result of biological factors, many lifestyle choices like smoking and spending time outdoors without sunglasses are responsible for MD.
While many of us think of our torso, arms and legs as common sights for burns or skin damage, the skin around our eyes is especially sensitive. To protect the delicate tissue around your eyes from premature aging and melanoma, slip on your favorite pair of sunglasses as soon as you step out your front door.
If you're concerned about your eye health, then be sure to check out the many health benefits that sunglasses from brands like Costa del Mar, Oakley, and Maui Jim have to offer. You can find each of these brands as well as dozens of others by visiting EJ's Sunglasses online. To learn more about what to look for in your next pair of glasses, call us at (952) 679-8666.