How a pair of sunnies can save your sight
Alright guys, today's post is all about eye health so make sure you take the time to read through this post carefully. I'm no medical doctor, but I've (very sadly) experienced enough eye problems to last me a lifetime. I've read up quite a bit on the topic so I'm gonna drop some knowledge on y'all...in an entertaining manner, of course! So without further ado, let's get to it!
Why should you wear 'em?
Other than the fact that they're super stylish, they shield your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet rays - extended exposure can cause cataracts (blurs vision), macular degeneration (straight up destroys vision) and pterygium (causes astigmatism). Yeah, all that sounds scary as hell, but the sun's not the only danger out there. Did you know that you could burn your cornea from spending too much time in the snow? It reflects 80% of the sun's UV rays, hitting your peepers with a ridonkulous glare, which in turn causes a condition called snow blindness. Moral of the story: wear shades when you go skiing or mountain climbing.
So, we've covered sun and snow, which mean it's time to address sand, dust and all that jazz. The former can actually scratch you and cause permanent damage. I mean, I can't even deal with having an eyelash in my contact lens. I can't imagine how much it'd suck to have sand in my eyeball. Yeah, no thanks! I'll definitely pass on that one.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that you'll get fewer headaches if you wear shades on the daily. I get awful migraines all the time and most of them occur after long drives - bright sunlight does not mesh well with me. Now, if you're lucky and you don't get 'em very often, you'll still benefit - sunglasses will help reduce eyestrain so you'll enjoy your time outdoors much more.
What kind of sunnies should you get?
Obviously, you should cop designs that look BAMF on your face, but you also need to make sure that they block out 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation to protect your eyeballs fully. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, go for polarized sunnies to reduce glare, and if you're super sensitive, throw on wrap-around sunnies to block out light from the side Lady Gaga style! You want your sunnies to screen out 75-90% of visible light. Note: the color and darkness have absolutely nothing to do with your shades and their ability to block rays.
Where should you buy 'em?
I'm currently loving AC Lens because they carry all things eye related: sunnies, contacts, glasses, drops, and so on and so forth. They have a huge selection so I can pretty much guarantee you'll find something you love without leaving the comfort of your home. Simply pick your frames, email your prescription or provide your doc's digits, and let AC do the rest. They'll even check in with your MD to make sure everything's in line to save you time, and most importantly - since I'm sensible and all, ha - they help you save mad $$$ because their site is 50-75% less expensive than most.