Healthier Me: Sunglasses--More Than Just a Fashion Statement
Most of us know we need to wear sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun, but not everybody knows that it is equally important to protect our eyes.
Sanford Health Optometrist Kimberly Gilbertson says sunglasses are more than just a trendy accessory. She recommends that everyone, including children, wear sunglasses with at least 99 percent UV protection.
The sun can damage your eyes. Short term you can feel stinging and have watering eyes, but long term you will be at more risk for cataracts and macular degeneration.
It's especially important for kids to wear sunglasses. The lens of the child's eye transmits about 70% more UV than the adult eye, putting their retina at greater risk.
Sunglasses should shelter out 75-90% of visible light to provide the best protection. When looking in the mirror, you shouldn't be able to see your eyes.