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Making Your Practice More Family Focused

When And Why You Should Wear Sunglasses And Take Them Off

by Monica Reynolds

Wearing UV protective sunglasses is an important part of protecting your eyes from the sun's harmful radiation. But, it is also beneficial to your body to occasionally take your sunglasses off. Here are several reasons to wear your sunglasses in bright and extreme conditions and reasons to take off your sunglasses and when.

Wear Sunglasses to Keep Your Eyes Healthier

When you wear your sunglasses while you are outside during the day, your sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays. If you go outside without sunglasses, even when it is overcast, your eyes can still be exposed to these harmful rays. UV radiation from the sun can cause problems in your eyes from repeated exposure. Also, keep in mind that the sun produces more radiation in the summer, and more radiation is present at higher elevations

The sun's ultraviolet radiation can cause your eyes to form cataracts, which appear as dark spots over your vision, ultimately causing you to lose your ability to see. UV rays can also cause macular degeneration, which is when the center of your retina deteriorates, causing you to not be able to detect light with your eyes. UV rays from the sun can also damage the delicate skin around your eyes and on your eyelids when you don't wear proper sunglasses, which can lead to wrinkles and skin cancer.

Make sure you have the right type of lenses in your sunglasses. Wear only sunglasses that are marked as absorbing 99 to 100 percent UV or as UV 400. This means that the lenses filter out all UVA and UVB wavelengths that are shorter than 400 nm. If you have sunglasses already and aren't sure what they filter out, an optician can test the lenses to find out how protective they are for you.

Wear Sunglasses to Keep Your Eyes More Comfortable

When you wear sunglasses outside in windy conditions, the glasses will protect your eyes from any blowing dust and debris that can get into your eyes. And, if you are participating in activities around any water, the glare from the sun off the water will increase the damage to your unprotected eyes. Selecting sunglasses with polarized lenses along with the proper UV protection will help you see outside when there is a lot of glare in your environment. 

When your sunglasses filter out glare and sunlight, your won't need to squint your eyes. Squinting can cause your eyes to water and give you eyestrain and a headache from eye muscle fatigue. 

Wearing sunglasses can also help you to see better when you enter a dark environment after being out in the sun. And, after a day spent in the sun, your sunglasses can prepare you to better safely drive home in the dark that evening. After wearing sunglasses, your eyes will be accustomed to the dark and not be as tired as if they had been exposed to the sun all day. 

When to Take Off Your Sunglasses 

It can be beneficial to your eyes to occasionally go without sunglasses on an average sunny day. But, don't keep your eyes unprotected in extremely bright environments. If you have to squint at all, put your sunglasses on. 

When your eyes are exposed to sunlight, it can benefit your entire body. Your eyes have photosensitive cells in their retina which connect directly to the pituitary gland in your brain. The pituitary gland produces and releases essential hormones into your bloodstream. Your brain's pineal gland is also stimulated by sunlight to help our body produce melatonin, which protects your skin.

These photosensitive cells in your eyes also affect your hypothalamus to control your biological clock, regulating your circadian rhythm, which tells you when to wake up in the morning. Without enough sunlight, your circadian rhythms will continue to be disrupted. This can cause you to be at an increased risk for other diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. 

These tips can help you to know when to wear your sunglasses and when you can take them off. For more information about the best sunglasses for your needs, contact a local eyewear clinic or retailer.