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Sunglasses: Good For Your Appearance And Better For Your Eyes

2012 May 17

By Lina Younes

As the summer season fast approaches, we’re seeing more colorful summer fashion items for sale in stores. However, there is one popular item that is valuable not only as a fashion statement, but for its health benefits as well. What item might that be? Sunglasses.

We know that exposure to powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays causes skin cancer. Yet, exposure to natural sunlight or artificial UV rays can also damage your eyes. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can lead to numerous eye disorders including cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelids and other health issues issues. Cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. It is a condition that tends to appear in people as they grow older, especially after 40. Currently, over 22 million people in the US have cataracts. An EPA report indicates that cataract incidence is on the rise.

Even though we think of common eye conditions linked to the aging process, we should take steps to ensure a healthy vision as early as possible. Everyone is susceptible to eye damage from UV radiation regardless of age or ethnic origin. So an easy way to start protecting your eyes is by getting sunglasses. Read the labels to ensure that the sunglasses block 99-100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays. Also choose sunglasses for your children, too. For further protection, you can also use a wide-brimmed hat with your sunglasses.

So, whether you’re headed to the beach, engaging in sports, gardening, or simply enjoying the great outdoors, remember to use sunglasses to protect your eyes. Just because the day is overcast, don’t assume that you don’t need to protect yourself from the sun. Those powerful UV rays can easily shine through the clouds damaging your eyes and skin. So protect yourself and be SunWise all year round. Good sun protection habits should be observed every day and all seasons of the year.

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About the author: Lina Younes is the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. Among her duties, she’s responsible for outreach to Hispanic organizations and media. She spearheaded the team that recently launched EPA’s new Spanish website, www.epa.gov/espanol . She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. She’s currently the editor of EPA’s new Spanish blog, Conversando acerca de nuestro medio ambiente. Prior to joining the agency, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and an international radio broadcaster. She has held other positions in and out of the Federal Government.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. May 19, 2012

    yes good.

  2. May 21, 2012

    Eye wrinkles and dark circles are all result of sun exposure. A sun screen for face protection and sunglasses for eye protection are really important. An advice would be to wash eyes with cold water after coming in from sun.

  3. May 21, 2012

    In the face or the summer preparing for the foreseeable future, wear glasses just for looks I think it is okay. But more attention to health factors, tertutama use glasses that are completely safe for your eyes.
    Susjuly.

  4. May 23, 2012

    sunglasses are very helpful for the eyes especially when the light of the sun is very strong.

  5. June 5, 2012

    Protect your eyes and be nice :)

  6. June 18, 2012

    Long-term exposure to UV rays can damage the eye’s surface as well as its internal structures, sometimes contributing to cataracts. That’s why wearing a pair of sunglasses is recommended whenever you’re in the sun long enough to get a sunburn.

  7. Sports Probe permalink
    November 9, 2012

    great post..use sunglasses every time you are out…to protect from the sunlight

  8. Designer Sunglasees permalink
    December 21, 2012

    We should care our eye yourself. Thanks

  9. Best Sunglasses permalink
    January 29, 2014

    Definitely agree! Great post, Lina!

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