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Can Sunglasses Protect You from Cataracts?

Cataract SurgeryYou may think that wearing sunglasses are only for shielding your eyes from the flashing lights of the paparazzi’s cameras. And although sunglasses are great at doing that, you likely don’t have a slew of people following you around begging to take your picture. Not only are sunglasses great at protecting your eyes from bright lights and the sun’s rays, but they can also protect you from developing cataracts. Read on to learn more.

How Does the Sun Cause Cataracts?

If you’re out in the sun for a few hours without wearing sunglasses, you likely aren’t going to develop cataracts. However, if you spend years out in the sun without wearing the proper eye protection, you are putting your eyes at an increased risk of developing cataracts. By damaging your eyes, the sun can cause cataracts to form over time— clouding your vision and causing you with the inability to see as well.

What Kinds of Sunglasses Should You Wear?

Unfortunately, not all sunglasses are made the same way which means that the sunglasses that you have been wearing for years, may not be offering your eyes the protection they deserve. When choosing sunglasses, make sure that they provide both UVA and UVB protection against the sun— this should be displayed on a sticker on the lens before purchase. If you are getting prescription sunglasses from Dr. Steve Thom’s office, we will ensure that they offer you the perfect protection against the sun.

How Often Should You Wear Sunglasses?

Even if it’s a cloudy day, if you are spending more than 30 minutes outside you should be wearing sunglasses. As a good rule of thumb, carry your sunglasses with you in your car or your bag so that you always have them on you.

Wearing sunglasses on a regular basis is a fast, easy, and efficient way to protect your eyes from developing cataracts. If you would like to learn more about cataracts or how you can protect your eyes from them, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today!





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