Think sunglasses are just a fashion statement? Think again. Sunglasses have an array of benefits for your eyes — and overall wellbeing! With summer just starting, New York LASIK surgeon Dr. Sandra Belmont thought it would be a good idea to outline some of the reasons why you should wear your sunglasses.
Overexposure to UV rays has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and even cancer of the eye. Although these diseases occur as a result of years of repeated UV exposure, it is possible to get photokeratitis, also known as sunburn of the eyes (specifically the cornea), from just a few hours out in the sun. UV exposure can also lead to pterygium, a benign yet bothersome growth on the eye. For these reasons, you should wear sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection whenever outside.
Wearing sunglasses can keep the eyes clean from debris and bacteria floating in the air. Debris, dust and sand can irritate or scratch the cornea, potentially affecting vision, while bacteria or chemicals that land on the eyes can lead to a serious infection. Wearing sunglasses is an easy way to safeguard the eyes and keep them clean.
Whether it’s playing sports on a sunny afternoon, skiing or driving, everyone has experienced difficulty seeing clearly due to glare. Sunglasses, especially those with polarized lenses, provide extra protection against glare. With sunglasses, driving is easier, not to mention, safer. Sunglasses also keep the eyes comfortable, increasing your performance level when playing sports.
According to research, approximately 90 percent of all visible age markers are caused by sun exposure. Common signs of aging include sunspots, wrinkles and fine lines, all of which can appear on the skin around the eyes. This means that overexposure to the sun can rob the eyes of their beauty and create a tired and older-looking appearance. To protect the delicate skin around the eyes, wear wide-framed, wraparound sunglasses. For noticeable fine lines and crow’s feet (branching wrinkles that form around the outer corner of the eyes), Dr. Belmont offers Botox, a non-invasive injectable treatment that relaxes the facial muscles to smooth out wrinkles and creases for a refreshed and younger-looking appearance.
Stay on top of your eye health by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Belmont. Please call (212) 486-2020 today.