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Sunglasses: Where fashion meets eye health!

Sightsavers 30 June 2014 Sunglasses: Where Fashion Meets Eye Health

How many times have you wanted to buy the latest Ray Ban or Oakley but held back because you thought it was too expensive? Well, think again. Sunglasses play an important role in maintaining your eye health and enhancing the comfort of your eyes. They do not just complement the way you look – they help you see better, and longer.

In India however, sunglasses are for the most part viewed as a mere fashion accessory and luxury item. They are rarely considered an effective mechanism for protecting the eyes against potential harm and diseases. To challenge this perspective, we present to you some of the most prominent eye health benefits of wearing sunglasses:

  1. Sunglasses prevent ultraviolet light from entering the eyes, lids and surrounding areas. This helps avoid sunburns and may also slow down cataract formation.
  2. They protect against ‘blue light’ in the solar spectrum, which increases the risk of macular degeneration.
  3. The skin around the eyes is among the most susceptible to skin cancer. Wearing sunglasses with UV-filtering significantly reduces the risk of skin cancer in the area.
  4. Too much light is as harmful as too little light. It causes people to squint and have watery eyes. By reducing brightness and glare, sunglasses offer comfortable viewing and improved visual performance, especially for people with sensitive eyes.
  5. Prolonged exposure of the eyes to the sun often causes difficulty in adjusting to darkness. This may make driving at night stressful and challenging.

Now that you know the various eye health benefits of wearing sunglasses, go ahead and indulge yourself – and have fun protecting your eyes while making a style statement at the same time!

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