5 Reasons to Wear Sunglasses More Often

According to a 2012 survey, about 90 percent of thought protecting their eyes is key to health. Most people wear sunglasses only to cut down on the sun’s glare and most of us misplace them half the time. Keep reading for more about why you should keep those shades on you.

Sun-Related Health Problems

Prolonged sun exposure can cause a variety of problems further down the road. Some are painful and annoying, others can be very serious.

  • Skin cancer
  • Cataracts & Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Pterygium

When choosing sunglasses, look for 100% UVA and UVB protection (pretty much all of them have this now). This provides full protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Protection From the Elements

Spending time outdoors puts you at risk of damage from sand, dust, wind and (during the winter) snow.


Crushed leaves, dirt, bugs, and whatever else can get swept up in a bit of wind can get into your eyes.


Getting sand in your eyes feels like the worst pain ever. The tiny grains will work there way around your eyes and scratch them, which can cause permanent damage. Sand can also carry diseases like ringworm, which aren’t present either.


During vacations, many people vacation in the southwest US where the wind and dust can irritate and damage your eyes.

Promote Recovery

If you’ve had LASIK, cataract surgery, eyelid repair, or another procedure to correct your vision you should take extra care to wear sunglasses. Your doctor may recommend a pair for immediately after the procedure, but continuing to wear sunglasses will protect your eyes as they heal and prevent complications.

Enjoy More Outdoors

If you’re spending time outdoors, you’ll benefit from wearing sunglasses. If you enjoy being out on the water, hiking, or fishing, you’ll be able to see through the glare of water or sun with polarized lenses. Not only will you lose your squinting face in all the family photos, you’ll be able to see more under the surface of the water!

Lessen Headaches

Bright sunlight can trigger migraines and headaches because of the eyestrain. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce the intensity of migraines and headaches — they might even eliminate them entirely.


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