Despite being a common accessory, there are still many misconceptions about sunglasses. Make sure you have the right information about this type of eyewear so that you can use them correctly and select the best pair for your needs.
Here, we debunk the most popular myths about sunglasses.
Sunglasses Are Only for Sunny Days
Ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate through clouds and haze, so even if it’s not sunny outside, it’s recommended to use sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV radiation. Constant exposure to the sun without protective eyewear can lead to eye conditions, like cataracts, pinguecula, pterygium and others. That said, you should also wear your sunglasses even during winter. Snow and ice reflect sunlight, so you have to shield your eyes from UV radiation.
Size Doesn’t Matter
Larger sunglasses cover a wider area, so they tend to be more effective in protecting your eyes from UV rays. Wraparound sunglasses can even protect your eyes from the sides and keep the air from drying out your eyes. You can ask your eye doctor what size and style of sunglasses suit you or the activity you plan on doing.
Darker Lenses Mean More Protection
The tint of your sunglasses doesn’t affect the amount of UV radiation that passes through them. The purpose of your sunglass tint depends on how you will be using your sunglasses. For instance, if you’re extremely sensitive to light, you’ll benefit more from darker tints. But for your eyes to be protected from the sun, choose sunglasses that are 100% UV-blocking.
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