When it comes to staying healthy, there’s more to it than simply increasing your fruit and veg intake or joining a gym. Eye care is a key factor to your overall health, particularly as many of us rely on them every day.

For advice on how to keep your eyes healthy, wearing sunglasses is definitely a great place to start. Protecting your eyes from the sun isn’t the only benefit to wearing them either. So, even if you don’t need prescription lenses, it’s a good idea to invest in a decent pair of sunglasses and here’s why:

UV protection

Some of us may be sun-worshippers, but the sun can be quite bad for our health – especially our eyes! Eyes are extremely sensitive to its glaring light and can lead to problems, from minor ones to more serious issues. UVA rays from the sun can pronounce wrinkles and signs of ageing around the eye as well any scars or blemishes too. However, it’s UVB rays that can be even more damaging, causing serious health problems such as skin cancer. Invest in a pair of sunglasses that protect from both – it’s definitely worth the silly tan line!

Your health

Continuing from above, wearing sunglasses can help stop or reduce health-related problems. Firstly, glaring and squinting in the sun can increase the risk of getting a migraine or headache. But, more importantly, wearing sunglasses reduces the risk of skin cancer on the eyelids, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and pterygium because it stops UVB rays in its tracks.

Being outdoors

As well as protection from the sun, other weather elements can damage your eyes. For example, if you enjoy fishing or spending time on the water, the glare on the surface could reflect into your eyes and harm your vision. Similarly, snow reflects 80% of UV rays from the sun and can cause a condition called snow blindness (where the glare actually burns the cornea). Sand and dust can be dangerous too, as grains can get into your eye and scratch it, causing lasting damage – sunglasses whilst on the beach or in windy conditions can add a layer of protection against unwanted debris.

Style

A huge benefit to wearing sunglasses is that they are super stylish. With so many designer styles, frames and lens colours and different shapes to choose from, this is definitely the fun part! Ensure the pair you choose suits your face shape and you’re set.