Sunglasses – Do you really need to wear them?
We know it’s a little obvious this time of the year to start talking about sunglasses. They are a way to feel more comfortable in the Texas sun of course, but did you also know the HEALTH BENEFITS of sunwear?
Have you noticed the whites of your eyes are not “crystal” white like when you were 12? That’s PINGUECULA, an ugly and uncomfortable fatty deposit that is a direct result of sun exposure. The proper sunglasses can keep these growths from growing which can lead to infection, intolerance to contact lens wear, and even the need for surgery to remove the offending tissues!
When you need reading glasses it’s because the lens of your eye is hardening. This ultimately leads to cataracts! Sunwear, as prescribed by the doctor, can slow this process and even prevent early cataracts in many patients! Remember that people who do not need to wear glasses to see well are at HIGHER RISK for sun related eye disease!!
Are your eyes dry? Well, sunglasses actually help this too! But they have to be the type of lens design that blocks not only UV light but also INFRARED light. We know what lens designs are better for the dry eye patient.