Most people are aware that the sun emits UV radiation, and when in excess, can be bad for our skin. In fact, putting on sunblock for yourself and your little ones before going out is a daily routine for many parents. After all, sunburn is extremely painful to deal with, and more importantly, you want to protect both you and your kids from harmful UV rays which may cause skin cancer. Did you know, UV rays and other radiation from the sun are bad for both your eyes and skin? Sunglasses may be the solution to save your eyes from eyes damage.
The dark side of sunlight
The tissues that make up our eyes are some of the most sensitive tissues found in our bodies. In fact, eyelid skin is the thinnest skin on our face, which makes it more at risk of sunlight damage.
Research has found that UV rays from the sun, which are extremely high in energy, if exposed in excess amounts, may increase the risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, among others.
The sun also emits high-energy visible light (HEV), also known as blue light. A fun fact is that it is the same spectrum of light that is emitted from digital devices! HEV light can penetrate deeply into our eyes and cause retinal damage.
UV exposure is cumulative over your lifetime and may negatively affect your eyes as you grow older. In most cases, once eye damage has occurred, it cannot be undone.
Did you know that children’s eyes are more vulnerable to UV radiation? This is because they have larger pupils (pupils are the black circles at the center of our eyes) and a more transparent ocular media (the transparent substances of the eye). Hence, it is extremely important for parents to start protecting their kids’ eyes from the sun from a young age. Starting early helps to reduce the damage sustained as they grow up.
Sunglasses – a simple way to save your eyes when out and about under the sun
It is inevitable to spend time in the sun, especially in countries with a lot of sun exposure. However, there are ways to ensure that you are protecting both your eyes and your little ones’! Just like how sunscreen protects the skin from UV rays, sunglasses can help to save your eyes from eye damage. Just ensure that the sunglasses are of good quality and are blocking all the harmful UV and HEV rays from the sun.
Also, start wearing hats if you have the chance! Other than being a good fashion accessory, wearing a wide-brimmed hat can reduce the eyes’ exposure to harmful rays by up to 50 percent.