We all know that sun can elevate the risks of skin cancer and make efforts to limit the effects by wearing suncream – but are we making the right choices when it comes to protecting our eyes too?
Here’s tips for choosing shades that will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful effects.
Sunglasses can give you instant James Dean cool, Audrey Hepburn glamour, or the rock star hipness of Bono. But they are much more than a fashion accessory. Sunglasses are an essential tool in safeguarding the health of your eyes and the surrounding tissue.
Here’s what you need to know about what sunglasses can do for you (apart from upping your street cred) and how to choose them.
Eye on UV Risks
Just as the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage skin, they can also harm the lens and cornea of the eyes. UV radiation increases your odds of getting cataracts, which cloud the eye’s lens and lead to diminished eyesight. It has also been linked to macular degeneration, a treatable, but incurable disease of the macula, a part of the retina that is essential for sharp vision.
Other UV-related eye problems are pterygium and pingueculum. A pterygium occurs when the conjunctiva, the tissue that lays over the white of the eye, grows into the cornea. A pingueculum is a yellowish bump of tissue on the white of the eye.
It is not worth buying cheap “lucky lucky” sunglasses from the beach as often they do not have a UV filter which can actually damage your eyes, more so than not wearing any sunglasses at all. This is all to do with the amount of light your retina lets in.
At the same time, the more costly the sunglasses doesn’t necessarily mean the better the lens protection. An average sunglass price should be between 80 – 150€ per pair unless they have some extra features such as YeyKey’s floating sunglasses that Crew Eyewear stock.
Crew Eyewear stock a range of brands mainly from Australia as they are the leading country when it comes to sun care products. Odyssey 20/20, Liive Vision and Dirty Dog are all certified by the Sun Care Council of Australia who award these brands for their quality vs price for the everyday consumer.
For the yachting market Crew Eyewear brand yacht logos to the sunglasses as a part of crew uniforms and guests gift ideas on board. Sunglasses are an essential part of yachting life. It is the number one item every crew member would never work without. With harsh reflective waters, bright white uniforms and enormous white yachts in the water – glare is everywhere.
A good polarized sunglass is paramount if you want to protect your eyes.
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