By Dr. Ashley Verdon
1. Prevent Sun-Related Health Problems: Skin Cancer – 90% of all skin cancer occurs from the neck up and since UV damage is cumulative and irreversible, it is important to begin protection at an early age. Cataract Formation – the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 20% of all cataract cases in the U.S. are attributed to UV radiation. Macular Degeneration – another cause of vision loss in adults 60 and older – higher UV exposure at an early age has been shown to be a factor associated with early age-related macular degeneration.
2. Protection from the Elements: Don’t forget that UV rays are reflected from surfaces: ie. Snow – reflects up to 85%, Sand and concrete – reflects up to 25%, Water – reflects up to 100%. Polarized lenses can help to block out the rays from these reflected surfaces.
3. You’ll Enjoy the Outdoors More: With polarized lenses the enhancement of colors provides the opportunity to enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us.
4. Fewer Headaches & Migraines: The constant effort by your visual system to limit the exposure to sunlight when not wearing sunglasses (i.e. squinting) promotes a tremendous amount of eye strain to your system leading to an increase of fatigue, headaches and possibly migraines.
5. For Safer Driving: Your additional reaction time to recognize potential danger is greatly improved by wearing polarized sunglasses. Studies have shown that while driving at 50 mph you gain an additional 23 feet of stopping distance if wearing polarized sunglasses.
6. Sunglasses are stylish!: Sunglasses are a fun way to express your style. Many people are unaware that almost any ophthalmic frame can be made into a pair of polarized prescription sunglasses!