Sunglasses are great fashion accessories but more importantly, they keep the eyes safe —and even young-looking! In this blog post, the vision experts at Laser Eye Center share four reasons why you should never step outdoors without a pair of sunglasses.
Protect Your Eyes from Photokeratitis
Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that is susceptible to sunburn. Excessive amounts of sun exposure can cause photokeratitis, a painful eye condition that can result in redness, blurriness, tearing and in rare cases, temporary vision loss. Minimize sun damage to your eyes by wearing sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection.
Avoid Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet
According to research, the majority of visible age markers are by caused sun damage. One of the most common signs of aging is crow’s feet, which are branching wrinkles that form on the outer corners of the eyes. Overexposure to the sun can also cause the skin on the lower eyelids to loosen and sag, creating unsightly wrinkles and under-eye bags. Keep your eyes looking young and radiant for as long as possible by wearing wide-framed wraparound sunglasses, which offer the most protection for the delicate skin around the eyes. For severe cases of loose eyelid skin and wrinkles, and puffy under-eye bags, cosmetic eyelid surgery can help. The surgical procedure removes lax skin on the eyelids and tightens the remaining skin for a smoother and rejuvenated appearance.
Reduce Your Risk of Cataracts
Numerous studies have found that overexposure to the sun has been linked to a heightened risk of developing certain eye conditions, including cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens and the most common cause of blindness. Common symptoms include blurry vision, double vision, poor night vision and halos around lights. Wearing sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun’s UV rays can help reduce your risk of developing cataracts.
Safeguard Against Debris and Infections
Spending time in windy and dusty areas can irritate and damage the eyes. Environments such as beaches and parks also increase the risk of debris, bacteria or other irritants reaching your eyes and causing a potentially serious eye infection. The easiest way to protect your eyes from the natural elements and irritants floating in the air is by wearing protective eyewear, like sunglasses.
To learn more tips on how to keep your eyes healthy and happy or to schedule a FREE All Laser LASIK consultation, please call Laser Eye Center at (800) 80-LASER (52737).