Heading into the cooler months, we felt it was important to remind you how important it is to keep wearing your sunglasses. Whether it’s beautiful and sunny or grey and miserable outside, the sun still has the potential to damage your eyes throughout every month of the year, and while we know sunnies are seen as a bit of a summer staple, keep reading to learn why you should always keep your frames on hand – regardless of the season!


To prevent sun-related eye conditions

Sunglasses are great. They protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, which can cause all kinds of damage if you’re not careful! This damage includes UV damage to the skin around the eyes, as well as an increased risk of many sun-related eye conditions. One such condition is cataracts. According to the World Health Organisation, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness amongst the population, and whilst they are common in the natural ageing process, it has been shown that exposure to UV rays exacerbates the risk of developing them. Macular degeneration, pinguecula and pterygium can also result from unprotected sun exposure, so it really is important to look after those eyes with a pair of sunglasses.


For safer driving

Sunnies are perfect for protection against sun exposure when outside in the summertime of course, but don’t forget that they can also be super useful for all-year round activities- such as driving. Whilst driving, your eyes are vulnerable to UV exposure and glare, as car windscreens offer very little protection against these threats. However, by simply popping on a pair of shades, you help to minimise these risks massively! We recommend polarised sunglasses for driving especially.


To protect your eyes from allergens and irritants

Sunglasses don’t just protect your eyes from UV rays, they can also provide great protection against many allergens and other irritants. You wouldn’t want to expose your eyes to pieces of debris, dry wind, pollen or smoke, would you? Well, we hope not! Your eyes are very precious, so minimising their exposure to allergens and irritants is super valuable- and the easiest way to do this is with your sunnies.


To reduce eye strain

As we know, the sun doesn’t have to be shining bright for UV rays to affect your eyes. Any sunlight can affect your vision, and may cause unwanted squinting whilst outside, causing eye strain and headaches. To reduce this discomfort, simply wearing sunglasses may be the easiest method! If you are experiencing photophobia (light sensitivity), sunglasses may also provide relief and allow you to go outside more comfortably.


So, there you go! There’s an abundance of reasons as to why you should wear sunglasses all year round, and we hope you remember to take your sunnies with you when you go outside in these Autumn and Winter months. Drop into our Civic or Edgeworth store to find the right pair of shades for you.


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