As people learn more about the importance of protecting your skin from sun exposure with healthy amounts of sunblock and sometimes UV protective clothing, we want to make sure that our eyes are being treated with care as well. Protecting your eyes is so important to living well and doing that means you need to take preventive measures whenever you can. You can start by wearing UV400 protection sunglasses regularly and turning that into a new daily habit. Runaways wants you to stay informed about your eye health, so you can make the best decisions possible. To stress the importance of UV400 protection sunglasses, we are going to break down the exact reasons why you would want to get a pair right away.
What Are UV Rays?
UV or ultraviolet rays are the beams of light that contain a form of electromagnetic radiation. There are different types of UV rays, but the ones you will most likely encounter are UVA and UVB. Both are known to cause several eye conditions. For reference, UVB rays are responsible for bringing you bad sunburns and damaged skin.
What Are the Dangers of UV Rays?
You may be familiar with what they do to the skin, but not as familiar with their effects on the eyes. When UV light makes contact with your eyes, you increase your risks of developing many different health issues related to your eyes. Some of these include cataracts, different types of eye or eyelid cancer, and macular degeneration, just to name a few. Many of these issues only get worse over time, so you would not want to speed up that process by allowing your eyes to take in more UV rays.
What Does UV400 Protection Do?
As concerned as you might be by the hazards of overexposure to UVA and UVB rays, you might be a bit relieved to know that there are ways that you can fight back against that. Wearing UV400 protection sunglasses can help your eyes stay safe from exposure to harmful UV rays. UV400 is the term used to describe protection from virtually 100% of both UVA and UVB light. It works by reflecting UV rays off of the lenses and away from the eyes like a mirror so that your eyes do not have to make contact with them. It can be as simple as wearing a pair of sunglasses with UV blocking features to protect your eyes.
Who Needs UV400 Protection Sunglasses?
Essentially everyone benefits from wearing UV400 protection sunglasses, but especially those with sensitive eyes or those who spend a lot of time outdoors where they will be directly exposed to sunlight. If you have any eye conditions or sensitivities, use products that sensitize your eyes, or had a recent eye procedure, you will want to keep them safe since they are so vulnerable to the light.
Certainly going out on sunny days will warrant some sort of eye protection. Keep in mind that anytime you are outside during the day, you are better off wearing some sort of sun protection. Just like you carefully wear sunblock for your skin, you should wear glasses with sun protection for your eyes. Even if it is not bright and sunny out, these rays still come through. Do not be fooled by cloudy days either because clouds do not filter out these rays. And yes, that includes dull winter skies as well. UV rays can reflect off of surfaces like snow to still damage your skin and eyes. You will always want to have a pair of UV400 protection sunglasses on your person when you leave the house, so you can avoid all of this preventable eye damage.
Are Polarized Lenses or Tinted Lens Color Enough?
We are afraid not. Neither polarized nor tinted lenses protect your eyes from UV rays on their own. What you really want to look out for is the manufacturer’s guarantee that those sunglasses have the full 100% or UV400 level protection from UVA and UVB rays. The danger of having tinted lenses without proper UV protection is that your eyes are still vulnerable, but you will likely squint your eyes less and expose yourself to more sunlight because you do not notice it as much. You need to be certain that your sunglasses provide sun protection, otherwise, they have to go. They are not doing you any favors.
We hope we made everything clear and easy to understand for everyone. Runaways wants to make sure that everyone understands how to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays and avoid any unnecessary eye damage. That is why we ensure all of our sunglasses have the full protection of UV400. If keeping your eyes safe could be as simple as keeping a pair of UV400 protection sunglasses in your car or purse, then we have to encourage everyone to do just that. We are also quite proud of ourselves for being able to offer so many options when it comes to style and color, so there is something for everyone.