Sunglasses first became popular during the golden years of Hollywood, when movie stars would wear them to both protect their eyes from the bright lights on sets, and to hide their identity from fans. While there’s no denying that sunglasses still carry a definite mystique to them, for today’s blog we’re going to talk about another thing they’re meant to conceal from: UV rays.
We often grab for our favorite pair when we’re headed out for a day of driving or outdoor summer activity, but your sunglasses should be doing more than just keeping you from squinting a lot. If they’re not blocking the sun’s harmful UV rays, you’re putting yourself at risk for cataracts and eye cancer.
The next time you buy a pair of sunglasses, take the following things into consideration:
- They should protect from 100% of the sun’s UV rays. Your eye doctor can help you pick out the right ones, or you can look on the packaging to see if it indicates that level of protection.
- Darker glasses don’t mean better protection—again, you need to look for the 100% protection.
- Designer glasses don’t mean they’re automatically better. Just because they have that fancy label doesn’t mean they’re better for you.
- The more they cover, the better. So, those giant sunglasses that cover half your face are doing you a favor!
- They don’t have to be expensive. The types of sunglasses that protect your eyes completely can be purchased for less than $10.
- Polarized lenses are not the same as UV. While polarized lenses are great for reducing the sun’s glare, they don’t do much in terms of protecting you from harmful rays.
We want all our customers to have a safe and fun summer. While we don’t carry sunglasses, we do provide other things to help you enjoy the outdoors, such as diabetic shoes, ambulatory aids and portable oxygen concentrators. Come see us for all your home medical equipment needs!