Popular Myths About Sunglasses

A group of elderly woman wearing funky sunglasses while standing in a nursing home

Sunglasses are much more than just a fashion statement, but we often forget this important point. When you go sunglasses shopping, are you just trying to find the trendiest pair? Most likely, it is our lack of information about the danger of UV ray exposure that contributes to our inconsistent use of sunglasses. Here are 10 common myths associated with sunglasses.

  1. Sunglasses are just for looks. It’s a bonus when you find a pair of sunglasses that makes you look trendy. The most important factor, however, in buying sunglasses is that they protect your delicate eyes from sun damage and UV radiation.
  2. You only need to wear sunglasses when it is sunny. UV rays can be just as prevalent on cloudy days as sunny days. Adults and children should wear sunglasses whenever they are outdoors.
  3. Sunglasses are only for grown-ups. Children spend more time in the sun than adults, and a significant portion of UV ray damage happens before the age of 18. Teach children to wear sunglasses every time they are outside.
  4. All sunglasses offer full UV protection. Check the label on sunglasses before you purchase. Not all sunglasses offer full protection, so read the label and only purchase sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.
  5. Darker tints mean better protection. Do not be fooled into thinking that darker lenses offer better UV protection. Dark glasses without UV protection can actually harm your eyes because darker lenses dilate your pupils more than a lighter lens color.
  6. High-end sunglasses aren’t worth the money. A quality pair of sunglasses goes through rigorous testing, usually has a stronger frame, and is often accompanied by a lifetime warranty.
  7. The style and size of the lens does not matter. Small lenses provide less eye protection than larger lenses. Also, the distance between the lens and the eye is important. Lenses that rest further from the eyes increase the risk of UV ray damage. The best type of lens wraps around the eyes to protect even the sides of the eyes.
  8. Labels on the sunglasses are always accurate. Sometimes glasses can be mislabeled, so purchase sunglasses from a reputable manufacturer to ensure a quality product.

Your eyes are too precious to not make sunglasses a habit. Take the time and money to purchase a quality pair of sunglasses that you will wear on a daily basis. You will enjoy better eye health and protect your vision for years to come (Source: The Herald News).