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The Harmful Effects of UV Rays on your Eyes

Updated on November 29, 2016
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Randi is an ABO certified Optician. She works full time in a retail setting and is all about fitting corrective eye wear to lifestyles.

Sporting our polarized Ray Bans


As an optician, I can't believe I haven't written about this sooner! I am still so surprised at the naivety of people when I ask them what they use to protect themselves from the sun. So many of them tell me they don't use anything! And I live in Arizona folks, "Valley of the Sun" where we have sun an average of 301 sunny days a year! No sunglasses?

Baby Boomers...

....are probably the people that have caused the most damage to their eyes and skin mostly from all the sun worshiping that they did when they were young. Baby boomers are one of the age groups to spend more time and money on their health and to combat against aging. As a result, they are one of the age groups most open to health care. But none of us are exempt!

A day at the pool isn't the only place you should be wearing sunglasses.
A day at the pool isn't the only place you should be wearing sunglasses. | Source


Even knowing what I know about the sun's harmful effects, I still love to head out in it as much as possible. In fact that's why I live where I do! There are certain precautions we can and should take. Use sunscreen with a high spf. If it says 30 spf, you can stay out 30 times longer before the sun will cause damage. But keep in mind, a strong sun can start burning your skin immediately, so 30 times longer is not necessarily that long! For me, it translates to only about 1/2 an hour in direct sunlight. Wear a hat. It protects your head and guards against stroke. If it has a brim, it can also protect your eyes. And, of course, the reason I am writing this hub, sunglasses. Not just any sunglasses either. You need to wear sunglasses with a UV filter of at least 400. Polarized lenses are also great because they help you see better by reducing the glare making our roads and highways a much safer place to be. A side benefit of polarized glasses, is that you squint, therefore, less wrinkles!

Did you know...

...that some cases, cataracts can be linked to uv rays?

What's it worth to you?

Good sunglasses don't come cheaply, but we ARE talking about your eyes. Some inexpensive brands don't even have uv protection. It is pointless to wear sunglasses without it. Those that do have uv protection have varying levels. Better sunglasses have up to 97% protection.You can purchase decent sunglasses starting at $20 but beware of knock offs or name brand suns that are very inexpensive. You are either buying a copy (which may not be all that it is touted to be) or possibly a stolen product (and we don't want to contribute to inflation that way, do we?). There is a wealth of information available to research before purchasing a high ticket product. You can also check which brands, companies have guarantees, warranties and protection plans. Personally, I prefer to buy from a known retail store because they have solid policys to protect your interests. Just keep in mind that your eyes are too valuable to stint on!

One more "Did you Know?"

The company I work for believes on the importance of sunglasses so much that when we go on missions/clinics to developing countries, we give every recipient, as well as their accompanying family members sunglasses? That computes to about 160,000 pairs a year! That's what I call belief in a product!

© 2012 Randi Benlulu


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      Randi Benlulu 3 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Patricia! It is amazing to me how many people still don't wear them! ❤

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      Patricia Scott 3 months ago from sunny Florida sunglasses like that is truly wonderful. And what a gift it is. Your article is so important especially for those of us in states with sun most of the year. I do wear them as I am out almost every single day. Thank you for sharing this. Know that Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! I don't think people realize just how important eyehealth is. Thank you for sharing!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I am glad you wrote about this as people need to know. I am always for ways to improve health and life and this certainly is valuable. And you are the one who knows. I am voting up, sharing on facebook.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill for checking out this hub. I love the Seattle facy. I didn't know that but I just may use it! Thank you! You and I are just about polar with 300 sunny days and you with 85! Being a self diagnosed sufferer of SAD, I don't think I'd thrive well in your neck of the woods. Have a great weekend, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, Randi, I have to admit, I don't own sunglasses....but you have to understand, we only get 85 sunny days per year here!!!! Seems like a waste of money to me.

      Secondly, did you know that Seattle leads the nation in sunglasses purchases? Do you know why? Because we use them so rarely that we put them somewhere and can't find them, so we have to go buy another pair. True story! We are so sunshine-deprived here!

      Great hub and of course, you are absolutely correct!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for reading, unknown spy! That was my hope when I wrote this!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you for this! A very useful hub. reminds me to put sunglasses when im out in the sun :)

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      So we are both early risers on days when we don't need to be! A little jealous of that walk on the beach! just finishing my first cup of coffee! Thank you for your, as always, wonderful comments! warm wishes right back at you!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      I don't need to hide behind sunglasses - I just want to see 'you' clearly and of course enjoy your valued hubs too - lake erie time 10:54am almost feel like going back to bed because I woke up just before 7am with pot of coffee and bagels and walk along the beach and it feels like half of a day already on a fairly mild day by the lake with no wind - and that is the key at this time of year - no wind chill.

      sending warm wishes your way.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy! Happy to see you here!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful.

      A great hub;thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.