Most people know the sun’s rays are bad for your skin. But, did you know they are just as bad for your eyes? Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. And do invest in a nice pair – cheap sunglasses may block the glare, but they do little to protect your eyes. Look for glasses that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.
Cataracts and macular degeneration are the most common eye problems associated with overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays – particularly UVA radiation. These issues typically arise as we get older. However, the good news is that there is much we can do to protect our vision and prevent these problems. In addition to sunglasses, wearing a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight will help protect our eyes.
Researchers also believe good nutrition can help reduce the risk of age-related cataracts. Eating green leafy vegetables, fruits, and other foods with antioxidants is highly recommended.
Wearing sunglasses, a wide brimmed hat, and eating highly nutritious foods are just a few of the things we can do to keep our eyes healthy and to not take our peepers for granted.