Why You Should Be Wearing Sunglasses Year-Round

prescription sunglassesPrescription and non-prescription sunglasses, far from being just a fashion statement or finishing touch accessory, are a necessary tool for the health of your eyes. Even if you have sunglasses and dutifully wear them in the summer months, chances are that you retire them during the other seasons, and this can lead to big problems! Sunglasses should really be worn year-round to protect your eyes from UV rays and eye strain from excessive light, and to avoid the complications that can arise from these issues.

Today, our team at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines will go over the top reasons why you should be wearing sunglasses throughout the year, and tell you how we can help you pick the perfect nonprescription and prescription sunglasses to suit your needs.

Sunglasses Limit Sun Exposure

When you wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays, you lessen eye strain and limit the amount of severe sun exposure your eyes are exposed to which can cause damage. Excessive sun and UV ray exposure has been shown to be a primary risk factor for eye diseases that cause blindness, from macular degeneration to cataracts and abnormal tissue growth on the eyes. You wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, and wearing nonprescription and prescription sunglasses does the same job of protecting your eyes.

Your Eyes Can Get Sunburned, Too

Just like the rest of your skin, your eyes are equally susceptible to sunburn. While getting sunburned skin is never a good thing and comes with its own host of problems, getting a sunburn on your eyes (also called photokeratitis) can lead to days of intense pain and blurred vision. This severe sun exposure can also lead to blindness-causing eye diseases.

You may think, too, that the risk of excessive sun exposure and sunburn is lessened in the winter months when the sun isn’t as harsh, but the truth is that you can get a sunburn any time of the year. Winter sunburns are especially common in areas where snow or water reflection causes increased glare.

Downtown Eye Care is Your Source for Nonprescription and Prescription Sunglasses

Our team at Downtown Eye Care knows the importance of wearing sunglasses year-round, and because of this we’re proud to offer a wide variety of sunglass frames and lenses from your favorite designers to suit your lifestyle, all in a location that’s conveniently located in the heart of downtown Des Moines. And for those who require prescription sunglasses for sun protection with vision correction, we’ve got you covered, too! Give us a call today at (515) 281-0902 to set up an eye exam with Dr. Barbara Evans, or stop by our store to try on a new pair of sunglasses with our smart mirror. We look forward to caring for all of your eye health needs!