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Answering Questions About Why We All Need Sunglasses

Posted in News, Promotional Products on 09.07.14 by John Meloche

SG-300_BIG-160x160Isn’t summer just great? With so many things to do in the warm and sunny weather, it’s arguably the greatest time of the year. Interestingly, however, it’s also a time of year when people need to be a lot more mindful about their health. Sure, it may seem fun to be out in the sun all day. But it’s not exactly the safest thing to do. It’s important to remember that the sun’s UV rays can be harmful.

As a result, many people put on sunscreen to protect their skin from the possibility of sunburn and even worse, skin cancer. But sunscreen can’t cover up our entire bodies. What about our eyes? On WebMD.com, Kathleen Doheny writes that The Vision Council, which is an industry group, conducted a study and found that while 73 per cent of adults wear sunglasses, only 58 per cent of them make their children do the same.

But why is it important for everyone to wear sunglasses? It’s because just as much as the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin, they can damage our eyes as well. Doheny reveals that the report also discovered that only 1 in 6 of those polled said that eye health was the reason they wore shades. Most – two-thirds, in fact – said that wearing sunglasses was all about preventing glare. And then there are those who don’t wear sunglasses at all!

Why would people not wear sunglasses? According to Doheny, researchers found that the main reasons were that people forget, lose or break their sunglasses often. 20 per cent of those polled actually feel that their eyes really don’t require any protection from the sun anyways. We should all know by now, however, that protecting our eyes from the sun is as important as protecting our skin from the sun.

And why is it so important to protect our eyes? “UV exposure can cause short-term and long-term effects on eye health,” writes Doheny, “People with blue eyes are more at risk for UV damage than those with brown eyes, experts say. After a long day at the beach, eyes may seem bloodshot, swollen, and light-sensitive. Sunburn of the eye, or photokeratitis, is one effect. It’s also known as ‘snow blindness,’ as it happens to skiers, too.”

So should sunglasses be worn all year round? They sure should be! Consider just how bright the glare of the sun is when it is bouncing off the snow. Doheny writes that in severe cases, a person can lose his or her vision for up to 48 hours due to snow blindness. Now, there may not be any snow on the ground during the summer, but there are plenty of things that the sun’s harmful UV rays can bounce of off. That even includes swimming pool water!

So what other problems can occur when we don’t wear sunglasses? Writes Doheny: “‘Surfer’s eye,’ also known as pterygium: This abnormal but usually benign growth on the eye’s surface can itch, swell, and become irritated. Surgery can be done to remove it, but it can come back.” In addition, cataracts, which is the “the progressive clouding of the lens of the eye” and age-related macular degeneration, which is damage to the middle of the retina at the back of the eye can occur.

So what are the best sunglasses to get? What you want are sunglasses that offer UV 400 protection. According to WebMD.com, “these block light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers, which means that your eyes are shielded from even the tiniest UV rays.” And Synergy Marketing has got them! We have an awesome selection of sunglasses that make some of the best promotional products available on the market today!

For more information and to place an order for your promotional sunglasses, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-748-9884. You’ll be doing both your business and its customers a huge favour. We all need sunglasses!

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