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Why Wear Sunglasses?

A reminder from your the Parish Nurse, Wear your Sunglasses this Summer!

1. Prevent Sun-Related Health Problems
Our eyes are sensitive. Prolonged exposure to sun can lead to a variety of ailments. Some are simply painful or irritating; others can be deadly serious. Diseases and health complications that sunglasses can help protect against include, but are not limited to:

  • Skin Cancer around your eyes (including your eyelids) is very sensitive to sunlight.
  • Cataracts and Glaucoma. Cataracts are cloudy areas on the eye’s lens. Prolonged and long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays contribute to cataracts. UV exposure may worsen the symptoms of glaucoma, a serious eye condition that can result in blindness.
  • Macular Degeneration is a condition where a part of the retina called the macula deteriorates, causing impaired vision and, in many cases, eventual blindness.
  • Pteryium — also known as surfer’s eye. This is a growth on the eyeball itself. It’s not usually serious, but it can be painful and annoying. Eye drops, steroids, and surgery (in advanced cases) are the most common treatments.

2. Protection From The Elements
The sun isn’t the only thing that can damage your eyes. Spending time outdoors puts you at additional risk of damage from sand, dust, wind, and even snow.
3. Promote Healing and Recovery
If you’ve had LASIK or PRK surgery to correct your vision, you should be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes as they heal and as you adjust to your new vision.
4. You’ll See More and Enjoy The Outdoors More
If you enjoy fishing or spending time on the water, with the right sunglasses, you’ll be able to see through the glare on top of the water and notice fish and aquatic life that you never even knew was there.
5. Fewer Headaches and Migraines: You’ll Be More Comfortable.
Bright sunlight can be a trigger for migraines and bad headaches.
6. Safer Driving
When driving into bright sunlight, sunglasses can definitely help you see better and drive more comfortably.
7. Sunglasses are Stylish!
The fun reason! Sunglasses come in many colors, shapes and styles. You can even have different sunglasses for different activities or to coordinate with different clothing styles.

By Martha Spicklemire, Parish Nurse

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