In this part of Ireland we are very fortunate to have so much opportunity for outdoor activities right on our doorstep. Walking, biking and golf are just some of the activities which get us outdoors and help to keep us with healthy and well.
But what dangers are we exposed to when we spend long periods outdoors? We’re all aware of the dangers the sun poses to our skin, even in a moderate climate like we have here, but what about our eyes?
Ultra-violet (UV) radiation from natural sunlight can damage to the tissues of our eyes causing discomfort and reduction in the quality of our vision. But what is UV light and more importantly what can we do to protect ourselves, our eyes and vision?
There are three types of UV light; UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC is mostly filtered out by the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere. UVA and UVB can cause damage to our eyes when exposed for prolonged periods without proper sun protection. This can lead to discomfort in the short term but over time can cause permanent changes to the eyes such as cataract and retinal damage which ultimately affect our sight.
In order to protect our eyes from the damage that UV radiation causes, other than staying indoors during the day, we should wear sun protection in the form of sunglasses.
Sunglasses should absorb 100% of UVA and UVB offering full protection from these harmful rays and the damage they can cause. For those who spend a lot of time outdoors a wrap around design offers a more complete coverage, shielding the eyes from all angles.
Polarised sunglasses remove annoying glare. Glare occurs when light is indirectly reflected into our eyes, such as when driving on a wet road with the sun in front of you. Polarised, colour enhancing sunglasses have been shown to improve road safety in the US. Try a pair on and you’ll immediately notice the difference they make.
So if you’re planning to head abroad this summer or you’re getting active in the mountains or on the sea, investing in a quality pair of sunglasses is one thing that can give peace of mind and help to fully enjoy life in the open air.
We have an extensive range of high quality sunglasses in store with lenses that offer the required protection. Sunglasses can also be made to your own prescription so everyone can benefit from clear vision and complete eye protection.