Dr Jared Cooper OD
- From the Blues Brothers to Tom Cruise in Risky Business, sunglasses have become an iconic American emblem of style and attitude. Yet wearing sunglasses isn’t just about looking “cool”; beyond the fashion statement, there are compelling health reasons for you and your family to don a pair of shades. So why do we see so many parents and kids outside, in the bright sunlight, not wearing sunglasses? Most likely, it has to do with a lack of information about ultraviolet (UV) rays, sunglasses and eye health. To help solve this, let us explore 10 myths surrounding these topics, and how you can help your family — and yourself — stay informed and healthy.
1. “Sunglasses are just for looks.”
Yes, sunglasses can add a certain “cool factor” to your ensemble, but the true value of sunglass use lies in its protective qualities. In particular, high-quality sunglasses will protect your and your kids’ eyes from the devastating effects of prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays. This is significant because this exposure can eventually cause serious eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
2. “The only time to wear sunglasses is when it’s sunny outside.”
UV rays can be equally present and harmful on cloudy days as they would be on a sunny day. Indeed, it is entirely possible for the sun’s rays to do maximum damage when it’s raining or when the sun is setting. For this reason, adults and kids should wear sunglasses whenever they’re outdoors and the sun is out, even if it’s not hot outside or is cloudy.
3. “Sunglasses are just for grown-ups.”
Whether they’re playing outside at recess, hanging out at the bus stop or just enjoying a relaxing Sunday in the backyard, it’s a fact that children spend more time exposed to the sun than adults do. Wherever they may soak up the sun, kids need eye protection from UV rays — and they won’t have that protection unless you teach them not only to carry sunglasses with them, but to wear them each and every time their eyes are exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time……….
- Readmore: http://familyshare.com/health/10-sunglasses-myths-that-may-be-hurting-your-family-s-vision
- Source: Family Share