As you know, one of the main functions of sunglasses – whether Matrix sunglasses or some other type – is that they protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. This is absolutely critical, because excessive exposure to UV rays can cause a whole host of eye problems and diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and even blindness. The question is; what can be done about it?
First, let’s discuss some of the common symptoms of eye damage or strain. Headaches, blurred vision, pain, tunnel vision, redness, scratchiness, watery eyes, and extreme light sensitivity could all indicate a problem. If you ever have any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately as a minor eye issue could quickly grow into a larger problem. When it comes to your eyes, like many things in life, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry.
Of course, when it comes to eye damage the best approach is always prevention. Always wear high quality sunglasses that offer 100% protection from the UV rays of the sun – sun damage is cumulative so this should be a habit formed early in life. In fact, one recent study revealed that people with a high degree of sun exposure who wear sunglasses cut their risk of getting retinal deposits – a precursor to degeneration – by approximately 50%. Additionally, keep in mind that certain medications can increase the sensitivity of your eyes to sunlight, so wearing sunglasses is even more critical in these situations.
Aside from sunglasses, there are other preventative measures you ought to practice as well. Avoid smoking, excessive drinking, poor nutrition, and sleep deprivation. High blood pressure and diabetes are risk factors as well. The bottom line on this one is to improve your lifestyle by eating properly (foods rich in vitamins A, B, C and E; amino acids; omega-3 fatty acids; and minerals like zinc, magnesium and selenium), getting plenty of sleep, and exercising. Additionally, get your eyes checked regularly.
If your eyes are already damaged, all hope is not lost. Immediately start the “healthy lifestyle” regimen I laid out in the previous paragraph, and of course go see a doctor for expert advice. Also, start giving your eyes a break by resting them periodically throughout the day, and occasionally rub cold water on your closed eyes to promote blood flow. Yoga is also recommended by some folks. Eye exercises are also pervasive on the Internet and might be worth a try as well.
As you can see, wearing quality sunglasses, and living a healthy lifestyle in general, are the best defenses against eye problems. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so don’t wait until your eyes start to hurt before you treat them with care!