All You Need To Know About UV Rays And Your Eyes!

Exposure to UV rays due to sunlight

Happy is the bride that the sun shines on but not without her sunglasses. Agree? I do because the sun is no less than a blazing fireball today and the thought of stepping out scares me. Think of all the sunburn and UV damage to my skin and eyes. Try as we may, but our eyes and the sun are never going to be best friends. In fact, you can’t do anything with the sun in your eyes, can’t drive, walk, or even play. Sunrays not only block our vision, but the exposure leads to the development of many age-related chronic eye conditions too. It’s tried and tested that the best way to protect your eyes from the sun is by wearing sunglasses or eyewear that absorbs UV rays along with a wide-brimmed hat. But honestly, do we all religiously wear sunglasses? I doubt it.

UV rays exposure and its effects on eyesight

Bear in mind that children are at greater risk of eye damage from UV rays for the obvious reason: they play in the sun! So it’s also equally crucial that you buy sunglasses for kids as well. To save them from the adverse effects of overexposure to UV rays. Of course, the repercussions of overexposure to UV rays at a younger age may not show up until later in life. By wearing UV protection glasses that has a search volume of 4,400, you would be at a lesser risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

1 What Age-Related Eye Conditions Occur Due To UV Rays Exposure?

UV exposure contributes to the development of certain types of cataracts, growths on the eye, and possibly macular degeneration. Long-term sun exposure damages the retinal tissue or the macula—an area near the center of the retina that provides our central vision. This leads to a loss of central vision resulting in blurred vision and eventually blank spaces. Most commonly found in people over 50 years old, evidence suggests that sun exposure catalyzes macular degeneration.

Years of sun exposure may have a role in developing cataracts too. Studies have shown that a rich and healthy diet together with essential eye protection sunglasses and a hat at the least may help you dodge the disease. UV400 sunglasses are recommended for the best sun protection.

Cataract-Macular Degeneration

2 What Should You Consider When Buying UV Protected Sunglasses?

UV protection is the most important factor when purchasing sunglasses. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Eyewear that filters 100 percent UV-A and UV-B rays and provides maximum protection.
  • Eyewear that reduces glare and does not distort color.

However, keep in mind that not all lenses are created equal in terms of UV protection. Stay away from low-quality UV400 sunglasses that may have a spray-on coating. It will wear off with cleaning and give you a false sense of security. Better to learn about all Types of Lens Coatings before you set out on a sunglasses shopping spree

3 Do UV Protected Sunglasses Work?

Yes. Opt for sunglasses that assure 98 to 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. If your lenses screen out 80 to 90 percent of visible light and promise machine-made accuracy without any distortion or imperfections then yes, your UV-protected sunglasses will work.

4 Which is better UV or Polarized Lenses?

It’s a tough choice. Both UV and Polarized lenses are equally efficient in protecting your eyes from the sun. However, the goal of UV-protected lenses is to protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation whereas polarized lenses largely remove glares for a clear vision so you don’t squint! The best part, sunglasses at Lenskart have both polarized lenses that give 100 percent UV protection!

Benefits of Polarised Sunglasses

5 What Are The Best UV Protection Sunglasses In India?

I have been eyeing the Vincent Chase sunglasses collection lately, especially with their hot new drops. Why are they the best, you ask? They provide 100 percent UV protection, are inexpensive, and come in every style possible! Here are my top picks:

Hexagonal sunglasses

Green Transparent Full Rim Hexagonal Sunglasses

A super hit piece that’s selling like hotcakes. Featuring oversized lenses that provide 100 percent UV protection, this one will keep you looking cool and help prevent squinting lines.

Gunmetal Grey Full Rim Aviator Sunglasses

These are the only teardrops I want on my eyes. What a flawless cut! It has all the C’s to bear this hot summer: cool, classy and comfortable! Thin metal temples contrast the dramatic lenses and give you all-day comfort and protection through 100 percent UV protection.

Grey Aviator Sunglasses
Tortoise Clubmaster Sunglasses

Brown Tortoise Golden Full Rim Clubmaster Sunglasses

This uber-cool pair of clubmasters is too modern for its time. Onlookers can’t help but notice the seamless combination of  Tortoiseshell and Brown instantly as you step out. Mind you, it is equally subtle-to-wear; so much that you may never take these off, not even indoors.

Silver Full Rim Square Sunglasses

Lightweight and extra coverage lenses complete with non-slip silicone nose pads make it a piece of great comfort. This polarized pair not only blocks 100 percent of harmful UV rays but also absorbs harmful blue light, all while enhancing color.

Square Sunglasses

About Ruchika Srivastava

Ruchika is a content specialist at Lenskart. Four years ago, she lost her way to travel writing. An introvert and a minimalist, she enjoys being in a state of voluntary solitude as she perceives the world through her cat's eyes.