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Eye Protection and the Importance of Wearing Sunglasses

Updated on September 9, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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Sunglasses

Remember the old sayings a stitch in time saves nine and an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure? Eye protection and the importance of wearing sunglasses relates to these old but valuable sayings passed on from one generation to the next. Whether one chooses to wear designer sunglasses or drugstore varieties the topic is important.

"A stitch in time saves nine" relates to mending a small tear in clothing prior to it becoming a more major repair requiring more thread and time.

"An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure" relates to taking care of one's health so as to not incur the bad effects of illness and all the costs and time involved in trying to recapture the status of feeling good again.

Wearing sunglasses fits into this category of prevention and maintaining the health of one's eyes.

Cataracts

My husband just had cataract surgery in both eyes. The ophthalmologist operated on the worst eye first followed up a week later by an operation on my husband's other eye.

Fortunately even the first day post-op my husband's vision tested 20/20 which is wonderful.

His cataracts formed over time so he did not realize the subtleties of the diminishing of his vision and took what he was seeing as standard.

The brightness of colors and brightness of light was dazzling to him once he recovered his vision! When looking at our cat Peaches what he thought was a cream color all this time he realized was white fur.

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He no longer sees rings around street lights at night.

Cataracts which is literally a clouding of the lens inside of the eye can develop for various reasons.

  • A sudden blow to the head can result in a traumatic cataract being formed.
  • Children born to mothers who have rubella (or German measles) can develop cataracts.
  • People who take large doses of steroids can develop cataracts.
  • Apparently heavy abuse of alcohol can also precipitate early cataract formation.
  • Certain dietary deficiencies can also impact cataract formation among other causes.
  • Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is probably one of the main reasons for the formation of cataracts forming in senior adults.

One of the prime preventative measures a person can take is to always wear sunglasses while outside especially during the hours between 10 AM and 3 PM when the sun is the brightest and UV rays from the sun are the strongest.

That "ounce of protection" prevention needs to start early with one's children also wearing sunglasses since UV damage to the eyes is cumulative.

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Photokeratitis Prevention

The use of properly fitting sunglasses with adequate ultraviolet and blue light protection can help prevent this painful condition of photokeratitis.

What is photokeratitis?

Have you ever experienced a painful sunburn of the skin?

Photokeratitis is like a sunburn to the cornea and conjunctiva of the eye which happens due to exposure to bright light like that of the sun or a welder's torch without having adequate eye protection.

Prior to sunglasses being fashioned as we know them today, early people like the Inuits living in Alaska and other places where the sun shining on the snow caused a type of "snow blindness," they learned to protect their eyes from just such an assault.

They cut slits in antler horns and tied them to cover their eyes while in bright light. The slits in the horns worn to protect their eyes allowed them to see out but cut much of the damaging UV light which caused their pain.

An inuit family (1917) - "AN ESKIMO FAMILY. Tenderness and responsibility in their treatment of children is a virtue of the Eskimo which binds them closer to the brotherhood of civilized peoples."
An inuit family (1917) - "AN ESKIMO FAMILY. Tenderness and responsibility in their treatment of children is a virtue of the Eskimo which binds them closer to the brotherhood of civilized peoples." | Source

Undoubtedly many had suffered from photokeratitis perhaps not recognizing the cause. Feelings of grittiness in the eyes as though their eyes were filled with grains of sand, excess tearing and extreme pain are some of the symptoms.

Another old saying: "Necessity is the mother of invention."

Today we do not have to fashion eye protection by killing an animal and using a portion of their horns like the Inuits did, but we can easily choose some well fitting designer spectacles to prevent the onset of photokeratitis.

Recovering from photokeratitis can take up to three days and staying in a darkened room while pupil size gets back to normal. Cold compresses over the eyes, artificial tears and pain medication are the at home remedies.

Better to prevent such an occurrence by wearing sunglasses than having to treat it and live through the pain and discomfort afterwards!

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Preventing Cancer of the Eye

Did you think that wearing sunglasses was merely a fashion statement? Think again!

Most people now know that long term sun exposure can not only cause wrinkles to the skin but also cause more serious conditions like melanoma (cancer of the skin) to occur.

Melanomas can kill a person!

Because of knowing that, most people now know to wear suntan lotions to protect their skin from being overexposed to the sun.

Your eyes need that same protection!

Sunglasses are vitally important to prevent serious damage to the thin lining inside of the eye called the retina.

The retina acts like a film developer transmitting images you see into chemical impulses that are sent to the brain which interprets what we are seeing.

If damage to the retina occurs, obviously this is going to affect not only our vision, but also possibly our lives in the case of the formation of cancer.

Human eye. The light circle is where the optic nerve exits the retina.
Human eye. The light circle is where the optic nerve exits the retina. | Source

Yes, we can develop cancerous melanoma of the eye just like skin melanoma!

One major way to prevent that from happening is to wear sunglasses when exposed to bright lights. But don't be fooled! Even on cloudy days during sunlight hours damaging ultraviolet light can still damage not only your skin but also your eyes.

Are you starting to realize the importance of eye safety by wearing sunglasses?

Pterygium Prevention

This is another reason to wear sunglasses!

Have you ever seen a person with a pink colored growth going from the inside corner of his eye migrating (as it grows) to the center of the eye?

Eventually that vascular growth can obstruct vision if it gets to the pupil area. No longer is there a clear window of the cornea to look through with that pterygium growing over it.

Severe Pterygium reaching the pupil
Severe Pterygium reaching the pupil | Source

Corneal scarring can also happen as well as altering the curvature of the normal cornea causing astigmatism all of which impairs normal vision.

At that point some type of surgical intervention is needed in order to restore sight.

Can you guess the cause of pterygiums given the subject matter of this post?

That's right!

Exposure to the sun without protecting one's eyes with sunglasses is the prime cause of the growth of pterygiums.

Pterygium removal from Harvard Eye Associates

People who spend a lot of time in the sun like surfers, snow boarders, skiers and the like are most at risk. Not only are the normal rays of the sun damaging but the sun being reflected off of water or snow can do additional damage.

Fortunately there are some special sunglasses which are specially constructed to stay on the faces of such athletes.

Are you a surfer? Do you or someone you know like snow sports which keeps them outdoors in bright light?

There are other types of exposure but these are some prime examples.

Whether it is you or your child or someone else that is close to you, do yourself or them a favor and encourage the use of sunglasses.

Who wants to have to undergo surgery for things like pterygiums if they can be primarily avoided by just wearing a good pair of sunglasses?

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Designer Sunglasses

After my husband's eyes were successfully operated on for cataract removal and new lens implants were inserted, he asked his ophthalmologist what type of sunglasses he would recommend.

There are many good designer brands of sunglasses available for purchase, but out of the many choices the ophthalmologist recommended his personal favorite.

Maui Jim sunglasses were the ones he touted.

Out of all the designer sunglasses out there I will admit to not having heard of Maui Jim.

Now my husband has a reason to shop since his prescription glasses are no longer needed. He will certainly take a look at the Maui Jim sunglasses among other choices this coming week.

The prices on these Amazon offerings give one a significant savings over paying full price in retail brick and mortar establishments.

My hubby likes to shop and after some price comparison shopping, I wouldn't be surprised if he does not come right back to this post and order his sunglasses online.

Maui Jim Ho'okipa Sunglasses-R407-10 Tortoise (Maui Rose Lens)-64mm
Maui Jim Ho'okipa Sunglasses-R407-10 Tortoise (Maui Rose Lens)-64mm

This is the brand of sunglasses my husband's surgeon recommended. There are many different styles available as well as price points.

 
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Sunglasses as Fashion Accessories

Sunglasses have been worn through the years by many people with more thought as to their looks and design and how it accessorizes the rest of their outfits than for their prime function of protecting one's eyes.

Many movie stars and others have vast collections of sunglasses just as they also collect jewelry to be worn for different occasions.

If one has the money and inclination to wear sunglasses as a fashion accessory that is fine.

Just make sure to purchase the sunglasses from reputable stores because if one is purchasing knock offs from people selling sunglasses on the streets, while the style may be to one's liking, there is no assurance that the UV protection is what is needed for eye protection.

Whether one chooses just a pair or two of designer sunglasses or even the drug store variety to own, the main thing to remember is to wear your sunglasses!

Sunglasses will not do one any good if left in a pocket, drawer, purse or in one's glove compartment of a motor vehicle.

They need to be worn on one's face!

Wearing of Sunglasses

By now any reader of this post will have gained enough information as to the importance of wearing sunglasses.

Eye protection is necessary to ward off some of the medical conditions listed above as well as others.

Suffice it to say that buying designer sunglasses or others with no designer labels but with proper ultraviolet protection is what is most important. Look for labels showing "UV 400" in the United States.

Above all consistently wear your sunglasses in good health.

Just for fun!  Shih Tzu dogs wearing sunglasses!
Just for fun! Shih Tzu dogs wearing sunglasses! | Source

Do you regularly protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses?

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello breathing,

      Wearing sunglasses to protect one's eyes when in bright sunlight is certainly a good idea and a good habit to develop. We only have one set of eyes!

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      Sajib 21 months ago from Bangladesh

      Wearing sunglasses as a habit is not something that we are used to. This hub has brought some important points which can be taken into consideration. Like every other body part, eyes also don’t become weak overnight. Rather they become weak with time. But without sunglasses the phenomena of becoming weak will happen a bit faster. It is because with sunglasses you will get some kind of protection that can be beneficial in the long run. Who doesn’t want benefits in long term? That’s I completely agree to the author at least for myself I prefer to wear glasses as a habit.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      What you wrote is very true regarding the protective use of wearing sunglasses. This is one of my hubs that has been stolen and try as I might I have yet to get it removed. Appreciate the share!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Spring has sprung in so many places now that one really should have had their spring/summer eye protection taken care of by now, but I know everyone is busy and tend to put things off. This shouldn't be put off. For the health of one's eyes, it is imperative to take necessary precautions to keep one's eyes healthy. This is a great article to advise people on what to do to make sure their eyes are protected both for the present and the future. Cataracts are bad, but I have seen even worse eye conditions resulting from no protection from the sun. Believe me, no one wants to have them.

      Sharing this article to remind followers that taking time to protect their eyes should be at the top of their list.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes, whether it is bright sunlight, snow, reflections on water...or surprising to many people...even on cloudy days, the UV rays of the sun can damage our eyes just like they can damage our skin. Protecting eyes with sunglasses is important. I have never tried those transition lenses that automatically darken and lighten, but may give them a try the next time I need a prescription change. Thanks for the share and pin.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Wanted to share this again as the sunny season is upon us again. Of course it's pretty much always sunny in Texas. Indeed, snow can be just as damaging to one's eyes as water if a person doesn't take care to protect their eyes from the glare.

      I recently read about a man who had some sort of fibrous growths over his eyes as a result of not protecting his eyes from the sun and sun reflections from the water. Not cataracts, but fibers of some sort -- pterygium or surfer's eye. I thought it was scary myself.

      Shared and pinned to AH.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Snow can be just as dazzling as water. Sunglasses can be equally important to wear then also. Almost everyone if they live long enough will probably develop cataracts. Part of it is just the aging process but it can be accelerated by a traumatic injury or by not protecting the eyes with sunglasses, etc. Thanks for the pin.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Such an important article! People need to read this and take appropriate action about making sure their eyes are protected from too much sun exposure, and I should think it would be worse on and around the water where the reflection is amplified.

      Interesting video. I hope I never need cataract surgery.

      Pinned this article to my 'Health' board.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vertualit,

      You should consider taking your sister's advice. Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes is important and easy enough to do. Just make sure that you get the proper UV protection when you purchase them. Thanks for your comment.

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      Abdus Salam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      Eye protection using sunglasses, really excellent direction! I also never do this. But my sister always suggest me for using sunglasses. Very Useful Thanks for sharing..

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Indian Chef,

      Summers can get pretty hot in Houston also. Our temperatures can sometimes approach or even go over 100 degrees Fahrenheit...but it is the high humidity that makes it feel even worse. We also get lots of sun! As to sunglasses being important...they truly are no matter where in the world one lives. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Your husband had 6/6 as we have it or 20/20 vision even on the first day of operation is wonderful. Sunglasses are very important esp where I come from because in summers sun can be very cruel with temp going over 113F and with sun rays causing lots of glare. Very useful hub. Voting up, useful, interesting and awesome. Sharing too.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Victoria,

      Many years ago (1970's) I took a RN specialist course in ophthalmology so learned quite a bit about the eyes plus at that time worked as an OR nurse. Think about wearing good sunglasses and get in the habit. You will be glad you did in the end. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello healthylife2,

      There are many good reasons beyond just a fashion statement to wear sunglasses when outside. About the only time I do not follow that advice is when I am gardening. I probably should start. My husband's vision is great following his cataract surgery. Have your regular eye checkups and any problems can be caught early before they get out of hand. Thanks for the vote and the share.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Such great info here! I didn't know that wearing sunglasses would protect the eyes from all that stuff. I really hate wearing sunglasses and really never do, but maybe I should start. Excellent hub!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Your article was definitely "eye opening". I had no idea that cancer of the eye could occur like skin cancer from too much exposure to the sun. Fortunately I always wear my sunglasses when out in the sun due to a sensitivity to light. I also didn't realize the use of steroids could cause cataracts. I did take a significant dose during chemotherapy so will have to watch for that. Thank you so much for the informative article and I'm so glad your husband's vision has been restored. Voted up and shared!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I generally wear sunglasses except when I am doing yard work. I know...it is crazy. Thanks for your comment and the sharing of this hub. I am late in responding because I have been doing a lot of gardening of late.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I have been so bad about wearing sunglasses. I use to wear them all the time in California and Texas but once I moved to Wisconsin I stopped wearing them and shouldn't have. Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      I just added a link from your good hub regarding the importance of wearing good sunglasses into this one as well. Hopefully between both of our articles we will be raising awareness of the vital importance of eye protection. Thanks for the 5 star rating, votes & share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peggy, this is an in depth presentation on why each one of us needs to wear sunglasses to protect our eyes. Awesome hub and one that should not be missed by anyone wanting to protect his/her vision.

      I'm linking this to my hub "About Sunglasses And What Are Some Important Points In Choosing The Right One".

      Rated 5 stars and voted up, awesome and useful. Shared too.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi beingwell,

      We need to wear sunglasses just about year round where we live in Houston, Texas. Nice to know that you are protecting your eyes by wearing them. Thanks for your comment, vote + share.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      It's summertime in my part of the world. So this hub is very timely. I bought a pair a few weeks ago from Uniqlo. They're not bad at all.

      Voted up and shared, peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello FullOfLoveSites,

      Some people's eyes are more sensitive than others which is probably the case with you. The important thing is that you are caring for your eyes by wearing sunglasses when you have a glare from whatever the source happens to be. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      I even wear sunglasses whenever (especially at night), I use the pc and the bright light of the monitor is sort of killing me. I'm just too lazy to adjust the monitor's brightness and contrast; otherwise I would adjust it back at daytime. Sunglasses is the best bet, hehehehe.

      Oh, I agree with you about wearing sunglasses in the winter especially e.g., when you go in a ski resort, where the white glare is all around and discomforts our eyes.

      Up, useful and shared. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dialogue,

      Thanks for your comment. Obviously you know the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect one's eyes. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      Wear your prescription sunglasses in good health! I also wear glasses but do not have prescription sunglasses. I wear a pair of sunglasses that fits over my regular glasses. I have actually reworked this hub as to its appearance, but thank you. Glad that you liked learning more about cataracts, etc. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes, people also need to protect their eyes from the glare on snow as well as on cloudy days. We only have one set of eyes! Wearing sunglasses is important year round. Thanks for your support of this article.

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      dialogue 4 years ago

      Great hub explaining the importance of Sunglasses. I have a hub on Best Sunglasses; https://hubpages.com/style/Best-Sunglasses hope you will like it :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Well, I love my prescription sunglasses for sure. I have mild to moderate astigmatism. It was good learning more about cataracts and other eye conditions. Great job, nice looking hub!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      An important hub! People need to care for their eyes and wearing sunglasses that meet requirements in winter to protect from the glare on the snow, and summer just because of the bright sun. Here in Texas the sun is relentless in the summer.

      Lots of important information here. Voted up, interesting and useful. Will share!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mmsu,

      Glad to hear that you learned about the many reasons why a person should wear sunglasses beyond the fashion sense of doing so. Appreciate your comment, vote and the share.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DzyMsLizzy,

      It is true that lighter colored eyes are more sensitive to the light but everyone's eyes need protection from the sun. What you pay for sunglasses is not as important as getting the correct UV protection for your eyes...and there are many drug store varieties that do just that. Some people use sunglasses as a designer statement much like their clothes and shoes. So there is every price point with regard to sunglasses which is good. The ones I am wearing right now have a scratch right in my line of vision. Need to get those replaced! Ha! Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      mmsu 5 years ago from Pakistan

      Great idea for a hub.Well written and explained.Most of us do wear it just as a part of "fashion sense" without knowing a lot about it's other benefits.Voted up and shared.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      My eyes are light-sensitive, because they are a light color. I've always understood that people with dark eyes can tolerate more sun and glare than those of us with light eyes.

      However, I've always been a klutz and a tomboy--I'm hard on sunglasses. I take them off, forget them, or toss them on the seat of the car 'just for a moment' while I reach for something else; next thing I know, I've forgotten, and come back to the car and sit on them! Crunch! Or they get dropped, kicked and scratched while I'm walking by falling off my hat when I go inside, etc.

      Therefore, I don't 'do' designer shades--I buy them at the drugstore, and I refuse to pay more than $8. for something that needs replacing so often..... :-( (But then, I don't 'do' designer anything... ;-) )

      Interesting article. Voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi barbergirl,

      Yes...do replace your sunglasses quickly. They are far more than a fashion statement. Just be sure and get the proper UV protection and then wear them for eye protection. They won't do you much good as a headband. Ha!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      My good sunglasses just broke a few weeks ago. I am so bummed because I have yet to find another pair that I like. I am really picky about my sunglasses. However, I do know that they are necessary and I will admit that I don't use them all the time. I just don't always like the feel of glasses and sometimes use them more as a headband then anything else. But, with every thing you mentioned, I might be off to the store tomorrow to replace my broken ones quickly!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Enqwe Hong,

      Wearing sunglasses for fashion is fun but wearing them for safety is even more important as this article describes. Thanks for your interest and comment.

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      Enqwe Hong 5 years ago from London

      This article is so great! I'm quite fond of sunglasses. I'd like to share my opinion with you.I 'll come by often~~ Thanks for your sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello shalini sharan,

      Nice to know that you learned some things about why people should protect their eyes with sunglasses. Appreciate your comment.

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      shalini sharan 5 years ago from Delhi

      your article here is very useful sir

      i never knew sunglasses had so many advantages. thank you for sharing it

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello davecurrtis,

      You have that right. Keeping correct UV rated sunglasses on your face when outdoors is the most important tip of all to help prevent many of these sometimes preventable maladies. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Steph,

      I thought that video on choosing the right style for one's face would interest others when it comes to choosing sunglasses or glasses, for that matter. Thanks for the 5 star rating and your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      In actuality, the UV protection in sunglasses is all important and that can be found in less expensive drug store selections as well as designer sunglasses. So while style may matter to some, the importance of wearing good sunglasses is the main purpose of this hub. My husband ended up purchasing his sunglasses at Costco. Thanks for your comment and the share + link to your excellent hub.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wonderful hub, Peggy! Love the guidance for picking the right shaped lenses based on face shape. Rated up and gave it five stars!!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses. They can get pretty pricey, I see! I wonder if these designer sunglasses are really any more protective than cheepos?? They should be. I voted this Hub UP, etc. and I will share, too.

      I'd like to link this to my Hub I just wrote about the Mohs surgery for basal cell carinoma. Many thanks.

      Goodnight

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello rajan jolly,

      Yes, it is imperative that sunglasses have the proper UV rating in order to protect the eyes and this is true no matter what price one wishes to pay for sunglasses. Thanks for your comment, the votes and the share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Excellent hub Peggy. To avoid the listed eye afflictions , it's imperative that one buys sunglasses with a rated UV protection.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up, useful and awesome. Shared this hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      We both had our eyes checked a week ago and my husband's vision is still 20-20 following his cataract surgery. He only has need for reading glasses. I'll be getting a new prescription for my glasses. No signs of cataracts just yet. Our doctor stressed the importance of wearing our sunglasses. It is bright and sunny much of the time here in Texas. Appreciate your comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Glad Hubby is well. I had my cataracts operated on a couple of years ago now. I still see halos round street lamps but my vision is so much better. Very informative and useful hub thanks

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Vinaya,

      People are aware of the need for sunglasses when the sun is shining brightly, but the ultraviolet rays of the sun can cause damage to the eyes even on cloudy days (just like people can get sunburns on cloudy days spent at the beach, if proper precautions are not taken). I'll admit, I don't always wear them as much as I should, but I am trying to better behave. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I love wearing sunglasses especially in summer. I can use your advice.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vespawoolf,

      Glad that you found these tips about the importance of wearing sunglasses helpful. While some cataracts develop with age, it can be speeded up if eyes are not shaded from the sun and can develop much earlier than necessary. Thanks for your comment. Keep wearing your sunglasses!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      We live in an area where the summer sun is very bright. My maternal grandmother had cataracts, so I am careful to always use sunglasses. Thanks for the tips on choosing glasses!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Brett.Tesol,

      Wearing sunglasses are important for many reasons. It would be terrible to have problems looking at a computer screen because of light sensitivity. I have yet to get those self adjusting glasses that become sunglasses when needed, but might consider it in the future. Thanks for your comment and sharing of this hub.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Very good advice. Over here in Asia I have noticed that a lot of people develop a light sensitivity, to the point that they can't even use a computer without being in discomfort. This made me reconsider sunglasses. The glasses that adjust seem best, as you don't have to take them off and on all the time.

      SOCIALLY SHARED and voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello RichardErnest,

      Wearing sunglasses for eye protection is obviously important but since it has also become a fashion accessory, many people like to try on the different styles to see what best suits their face. Thanks for the link and thanks for your comment.

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      RichardEarnest 6 years ago from London

      Very true, there are so many benefits to wearing sunglasses, most importantly that of UV protection from the sun. There are also many benefits regarding how you buy your sunglasses, I usually find glasses online are cheaper and recently bought some sunglasses from Vison Express, they have a really cool 'Virtual Uploader' http://www.visionexpress.com/sunglasses/frames/try... application, simply upload a photo of yourself & try on various models before committing to buy, really useful!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello stars439,

      Happy to hear that you found this hub of some importance. Wearing sunglasses is mandatory down here in the South! Thanks for your comment.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub dear heart, and very informative. And congratulations on your 100 point score.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello texasgirlfw,

      Your eyes will be better off for your habit of wearing sunglasses. My eyes are also sensitive to the sun. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      texasgirlfw 6 years ago

      I have always had a sensitivity to the sun and never go out withouth sunglasses.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      Nice to know that your vision is now greatly improved. My husband is still astounded at the difference in his vision following cataract surgery. Bright sunlight actually hurts my eyes so I am a devotee of wearing sunglasses. Thanks for your comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Glad Hubby is well. My eyes are also better but i do still get some rings of light at night. I find the sun too bright also and use my sun glasses most days. On the whole though my vision is now brill. Seems like your hubby and i both belong a priviledged club :) My early cataracts were down to ongoing thyroid probs and meds i believe

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Sun-Girl,

      You are welcome and thanks for leaving a comment on this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses. Many good reasons!

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice info, thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SUSIE42,

      I guess you are lucky if you have been protecting your eyes with sunglasses for a long time. It can only help! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      SUSIE42 6 years ago

      I guess I am lucky my eyes have always been very sensitive to sunlight. Therefore I have always worn sunglasses.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Sunscreen and sunglasses seem to be our armament these days! Looks like it is going to be a sizzling summer in Houston!

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Never truer then these record temperatures and heat factors we have right now.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      I agree with you in that wearing sunglasses is so important. One cannot go back but going forward we can all take better care of our eyes. I'm mainly guilty in not wearing them when I work in the garden...but am trying to correct that habit. Thanks for your comment.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Such an important hub. Melanoma in the eye metastasizes to the liver unless caught early. Eye checks with a knowledgeable eye care specialist are so important!

      Glad you posted this to remind us! I know better, but fail to wear my sunglasses at times--maybe because I grew up in Florida and am more used to the sun.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello StephenSMcmillan,

      Glad that you found this hub regarding eye protection informative. Thanks for the comment.

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      StephenSMcmillan 6 years ago

      Great stuff. Thanks for information.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello toknowinfo,

      Thanks for your comment and votes on this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Well done hub. Thanks for the practical tips that apply to us all. Rated up and useful.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello lamsam,

      Glad that you found this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses and eye protection informative. Thanks for your comment.

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      Iamsam 6 years ago

      Thanks Peggy W for sharing the importance of wearing sunglasses. It is very informative and knowledge rich hub

      Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello andyduke,

      Lucky you! What we got to see of Spain while on vacation many years ago would have us wishing to spend more time there!

      Glad that this hub gave you more information about the importance of wearing sunglasses for eye protection. Be sure and keep wearing yours whether they are designer sunglasses or others. Just make sure the UV protection is up to par.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      andyduke 6 years ago

      This is a very helpful Hub.

      I moved to Spain a few years ago I understand the importance of eye protection. There is a whole lot more information written here that I didn't know about.

      Thank you for the insight.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Becky,

      You are correct in that eye protection and just wearing sunglasses with the proper ultraviolet protection is the most important thing. Thanks for commenting on this hub about designer sunglasses.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Awesome Hub about the importance of wearing protective sunglasses. Your right; the style is not the most important, it's the proper ultraviolet protection. Thanks for the excellent information.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Prasetio,

      It is good that you take good care of your eyes as they are the "window" through which we see the world. Of course other senses play a part as well and for those who do not have vision, those other senses take over and become more prominent.

      But for those of us with vision, the importance of wearing sunglasses whether they are designer sunglasses or less expensive drug store sunglasses becomes most important to preserve our vision as best we can. Thanks for your vote and comment.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and totally beautiful. I liked you review and tips about sunglasses. I try to give much attention to my eyes as the window of the world. This is valuable information. Thanks, Peggy for share with us. Vote up. God bless you!

      Prasetio:)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi TINA V,

      Yes, good sunglasses are definitely important for eye protection. Glad that you liked the video as to finding the perfect sunglasses to fit the shape of one's face. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      TINA V 6 years ago

      This is a very useful hub. I wear sunglasses everyday because it really protects my eyes from wind, dust and heat. I consider it as an investment to buy a good brand. I like your video on Fabtv on how to find the perfect sunglasses for the shape of our face. Awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Cheryl,

      Thanks for commenting on this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses. Wonder if my cousin's wife purchased designer sunglasses for her pooches? Haha!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello susannah42,

      My eyes are also very sensitive to light. Glad that you liked this hub about eye protection and the importance of wearing sunglasses. Thanks for the comment.

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for this wonderful and informative hub. I welcome the information on Cataract eye surgery and the many other eye conditions. I agree sunglasses are important for our daily protection of our eyes. I will definitely invest in a reliable, UV pair of sunglasses. I love the last photo. Cute and Adorable. A great hubpage.

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      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      Very well written hub. I wear glasses and am always looking for good sunglasses as my eyes are very sensitive to light.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello martha castillo,

      You are most welcome and thank you for leaving a comment drawing attention to this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses for eye protection. Appreciate it!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again dahoglund,

      We have the same problem only in reverse. When riding in an air-conditioned car and then going outside into the heat...the lenses in glasses often fog up for a while. No problem this time of year when it is colder. We may actually have a light freeze tonight. Will have to cover the tender outside vegetation.

      From what you say those type of glasses that darken and lighten are not necessarily the best. Will keep that in mind if I am ever tempted to try them. Thanks!

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      martha castillo 6 years ago

      thank you for the info....

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Sorry. I was exagerrating some. I do usually take off the glasses when I come in to take my boots off and stuff.Other people do have the complaint about the fact that this type of lens has a drawback for driving, my daughter for one. In this part of the country a plain lens might fog up your vision when you come in from the cold.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Thanks for appreciating this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses. If you mean by "they all give them away" that the Amazon prices on designer sunglasses are discounted and really good as compared to regular pricing...that much is true. It is a great place to shop, compare prices and purchase designer sunglasses if you find a design that you like. Thanks!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Peggy I got to congratulate you on such a masterpiece of a hub with a wealth of information. A very tasteful selection of sunglasses but I can't understand one thing that they all give them away.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      I did not realize that those lenses took that long a time to lighten after being outside. Sounds a bit dangerous if you "can't see anything when you come indoors for awhile."

      If you want a separate pair of sunglasses just for driving a suggestion would be to just keep them in your glove compartment. That way they would always be there for you. One need not have designer sunglasses unless one wants them. Many of the drugstore varieties offer the same eye protection. It is all just a matter of taste and what one can afford to purchase.

      Be careful when walking inside places!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Good information on sun protection. I have the kind of lenses that darken with exposure to the sun and then you can't see anything when you come indoors for awhile. I've thought about getting separate sunglasses for driving and will if I ever do much of it again. Only problem with seoarate glasses is always keeping track of them

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Micky Dee the wordsmith! Haha! I liked the use of the word "insight" on this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses for eye protection and the health of our eyes. Well done! :-)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      My biggest failing is not wearing sunglasses when I am tending our garden. I need to start doing that for eye protection and health. Lets make a pact and keep the importance of wearing sunglasses uppermost in our lives! Deal? :)))

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      You've wrapped up a beautiful, useful hub with great "insight"!