We all love the glorious feel of sunlight enveloping our skin. While many moons ago, we all were sun worshippers, basking in the glow at every opportunity, but this was to the detriment of our skin, turning it into something that resembled a stretched piece of leather. Thankfully, we've all got smarter when it comes to protecting ourselves against the sun. Sunburn is not the only concern, however, UV light is the big thing that passes through sunlight to inflict harm. The fact is that lying out in the sun can mean that if we expose ourselves to UV light, it can damage our eyes, causing cataracts or even blindness, but it's never too late to protect your eyes from sun exposure. UV400 protection, which is nearly 100% protection from ultraviolet rays, can protect your eyes for the rest of your life. Let’s show you everything you need to know.
What Is UV Light?
UV light, or ultraviolet light, is classed as electromagnetic radiation from the sun. Invisible to the naked eye, but these harmful rays can cause damage if we are not sufficiently protected. It penetrates the earth's atmosphere and reaches our skin and eyes as UVA and UVB waves. It’s not just the summer months that UV light can penetrate, even on a cloudy day in the middle of winter, you can still find yourself exposed to UV light.
How Can We Protect Ourselves?
Sunglasses that are labeled UV400 are a line of defense that can block up to 99% of UV light, ensuring that lights with wavelengths up to 400 Nanometers are blocked. All of our frames are stylish, while also protecting your precious eyes! The UV protection is built into the lens, so it will not disappear or fade away, even if the style does!
Who Is at Risk From Sunlight?
Anybody is at risk, but it’s children that are usually considered a higher risk for UV damage, which is why kids’ sunglasses are a solid investment. Car windows are another major culprit, meaning even if you are kicking back on an amazing road trip, a sturdy pair of UV400 sunglasses is vital.
Sunburn: Not a Sight for Sore Eyes!
Photokeratitis is a condition that stems from excessive UV light exposure to the cornea. Some of the symptoms of sunburned eyes include pain, blurriness, and redness, as well as twitching eyelids or headaches.
UV Tint and Polarization
If you are one of the high-risk groups (which is just about anybody), you need to have a pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses. Polarization doesn't block UV rays directly, but it will cut down on the reflected glare that can pose a hidden threat.
UV and Blue Light Blocking
So many of us spend time staring at our screens, but even screens can emit a damaging type of light: blue light, which is why the right pair of sunglasses can also benefit you when you are staring at your screen all day. Blue light blockers come with UV400 protection, making them an effortless addition to your wardrobe, so whether you are looking at your screen or heading outside, your eyes will always be perfectly protected from the sunshine.