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Don’t Lose Those Shades Just Because Summer is Over | Long Island Eye Doctor

Don’t Lose Those Shades Just Because Summer is Over
Suchi Matalia, OD

Autumn is lovely, but let’s admit it – most of us are sad summer is over and are dreading the cold months coming soon.   But just because the hot days are gone, doesn’t mean you can put away your sunglasses!  Here’s why sunglasses should be worn year round –

  1. Reduce Glare:  Water, snow, car windshields and the road surfaces reflect light from the bright sun causing glare, which can obstruct your vision.  This interference can be very dangerous while driving, and even while skiing or boating.  Polarized dark sunglasses reduce glare and provide safe and comfortable vision.

2. UV Protection:  Even though the sun is 93 million miles away, the ultraviolet rays it emits are very damaging to the eyes.  These UV lights can cause several eye diseases, including cataracts and age related macular degeneration.  Sunglasses can also prevent tissue growth on the surface of the eye, which can eventually interfere with you vision.  Sunglasses protects you from skin cancer on the delicate skin around your eyes.  Lastly, UV rays cause wrinkles, so wear those sunglasses to keep you looking young!

3. Reduce Eyestrain:  Our pupil’s responsibility is to control the amount of light that enters our eye.  The brighter the lighting environment, the smaller the pupils become.  Sometimes, the pupil cannot constrict small enough to reduce brightness to a comfortable level, causing the person to squint.  Sunglasses would eliminate the need to squint, and prevent headaches and eyestrain.

Dr. Suchi Matalia

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