This Sunglasses Myth Could Be Damaging Your Eyes

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When the sun is hidden away behind a set of lumpy clouds on an overcast day, many people choose to leave the sunglasses behind and grab an umbrella instead, but even on cloudy days eye health is important. Believe it or not, sunglasses can be and should be worn during overcast days during daylight.

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You may be asking yourself, “why should I wear sunglasses if I can’t see the sun?”

Ever notice how even on a cloudy day, the world around us is still lit up with light that enables us to see during the daylight hours?  Well, even though the sun is hiding behind an atmosphere of clouds, its effects on temperature, atmospheric pressure and our eyes are still present.


When the sun shines through a layer of dense clouds, the atmosphere acts as an incubator for UV rays, making them even more intense than when the sun is shining bright in all its glory.  Overexposure to UV rays can cause damage to the eyes over time, so it is important to protect the eyes with sunglasses or prescription lenses that contain UV protection.

When purchasing sunglasses, always make sure that the lenses protect from UVA and UVB rays and contain 99.5% UV blockage, which is the FDA approved level of UV protection.  Protecting the eyes from UV rays helps to prevent the contraction of cataracts, macular degeneration and melanoma of the eye.

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If you are overdue for a new pair of sunglasses, make sure your new purchase protects the sides of your eyes and fit well on your face.


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