Avoid Sunburned Eyes This Summer

Ah, summer. Soon it will be time to get the family out of the house and enjoy some fun in the sun. There’s a lot to think about when you’re planning your getaway, and one of the easiest things to forget is the health of your eyes.

It’s common for vacationers to slather on sunscreen for their skin but neglect eye protection. If you’ve ever had sunburned eyes, you’ll know that the experience can be extremely painful. The condition is known as photokeratitis, and although it’s usually temporary, it can ruin an otherwise delightful trip. Wide-brimmed hats, umbrellas, and limited time outside can help prevent burns to your eyes, but there’s no substitute for a pair of UV-protective sunglasses.

Keep Your Eyes Safe with Sunglasses

The best sunglasses for sunburn prevention screen out at least 75 percent of the light you can see, and if you plan to spend long stretches of time outside, wraparound frames can keep your eyes extra safe.

Even small amounts of UV radiation increase your chance for retinal damage. While you shouldn’t give up your hats and umbrellas, they simply cannot replace good sunglasses. This seemingly simple decision can make the difference between joining your family on the beach or being stuck inside for a few days to recover.

Don’t Neglect Your Eye Health

Temporarily sunburned eyes can be unpleasant and painful. Even more unsettling is the permanent damage you can incur if you’re not diligent with your eye protection. The risk of cataracts, pterygium (surfer’s eye), macular degeneration, and cancer increases with years of overexposure to the sun’s rays. This means that every outing has the potential to advance the deterioration of your eyes. You can end up paying later for your choices this summer.

Choose Function and Fashion

According to a study published by the American Optometric Association (AOA), less than 30 percent of consumers consider UV protection as the most important aspect of their sunglasses choice. Shoppers often consider trends and fashion over UV protection, but it doesn’t have to be an exclusive choice. Many fashionable, on-trend sunglasses also have UV protection. Use the AOA’s shopping guide to help you find a pair of sunglasses that look stylish and prevent sunburned eyes. If you wear glasses, a pair of prescription sunglasses can help you see, protect your eyes, and look good all at the same time.

Finding the Right Sunglasses

When it comes to UV protection for your eyes, Woodhams Eye Clinic has you covered. The Optical Shop is stocked with smart, stylish options for both prescription and nonprescription needs. Our knowledgeable staff can help you decide on the best frames and lenses for your lifestyle.

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