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Eye Service! 5 Reasons Never to Leave Home Without Your Sunglasses

We continue our series entitled ‘Eye Service’ which comprises series of rich articles that teach us how to take good care of our eyes. Today, we look at the importance of wearing Sunglasses. Most people see the use of Sunglasses as excessive fashion. Such people do not know that not wearing Sunglasses is actually not a good idea. It is in fact, a ‘bad habit’ that could destroy the eyes. Also, those who wear cheap sunglasses are destroying their eyes, find out why. Don’t just buy anything called sunglasses by the roadside and use on your eyes. If you cannot afford good sunglasses then don’t wear at all. This very brief article will shock you! Find out what you are doing to yourself by not wearing very good sunglasses.

5 Reasons Never to Leave Home Without Your Sunglasses

You slather on SPF 50 to shield your skin from the sun. But what about your naked eyes? In a 2012 survey, less than half of 10,000 Americans polled recognized the health benefits of sunglasses, and 27 percent of respondents reported never wearing them. Yet this simple and stylish accessory* can protect your eyes from a host of conditions caused by ultraviolet rays:

1. Skin Cancer
Up to 10 percent of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid.

2. Cataracts
The World Health Organization reports that, worldwide, approximately 900,000 people are blind because of cataracts—cloudiness in the lens of the eye—triggered by UV exposure.

3. Macular Degeneration
Over time UV light may play a role in damaging the macula lutea (an area of the eye with millions of light-sensing cells, which allow us to see fine details clearly), potentially leading to blurriness and vision loss.

4. Pterygium
This abnormal growth of tissue—also called surfer’s eye—may progress slowly from either corner across the white part of the eye, possibly leading to inflammation or disturbance of vision.

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5. Photokeratitis
Essentially a sunburn of the eye, it’s temporary (healing within 48 hours) but can be painful, causing blurred vision, light sensitivity, and the sensation of having sand in your eye.
Dangers of wearing ‘cheap’ sunglasses
*Just not the $5 pair for sale on the corner. Those can do you more harm than good. Our pupils dilate behind dark lenses, meaning cheap shades will actually let more damaging rays into your eyes than if you weren’t wearing any sunglasses at all. Shop for a pair that’s designed to block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB light.

Source:

http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/reasons-to-wear-sunglasses-health-benefits-of-sunglasses

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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  1. Simon Chiamaka Peace

    Hmmm nice one. I better go get my sunglasses asap

  2. Now, I know better.

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