Five (5) Myths About Sunglasses
- Darker does not mean better protection. Correct. In fact, unless darker lenses are fabricated to block UV, they can be more harmful than not wearing sunglasses, because they can cause pupils to dilate, allowing more UV light to enter your eyes.
- “Polarized” is not the same thing as 100 % UVA/UVB protection”. Correct! Polarization blocks glare or reflected light while 100% UVA/UVB protection (or UV400) refers to the percentage of ultraviolet rays blocked.
- You only need to wear sunglasses when it is sunny and not in fall or winter.
Wrong! Ultraviolet (UV) rays can be just as harmful when the sun is setting or on cloudy days. It’s even possible for the sun’s rays to do maximum damage when
- You should never wear sunglasses indoors. Wrong! If you are using a computer, tablet, phone or other digital device while stationary, you’d be very smart to wear amber tinted sunglasses which block 94% of the blue light emitted from these devices. Blue light reaches deeper into the eye and its cumulative effect can cause damage to the retina. Blue light is connected in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- Sunglasses are sunglasses. You don’t need sport or activity-specific sunglasses.
Wrong! Golfers prefer amber tinted lenses for their contrast- enhancing effect. Most bicyclists prefer wraparound sunglasses to protect from light and wind hitting the eyes at changing angles. Many pilots wear non-polarized sunglasses to see the digital control panel. Ask any hunter and they tell you yellow tinted sunglasses help enhance their visibility in low-light conditions. So shape and tint matter.
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