The inspiration for this post came yesterday, when a customer actually asked me why anyone would need sunglasses other than to make a fashion statement. The question caught me off guard, as the answer is quite obvious to me since I’ve been in this industry for several years at this point. However, I’m sure the answer is not obvious for folks who have never been associated with the industry, and hence I thought I’d provide the answer to this question for today’s post.
The short answer is that sunglasses protect your eyes when you are outdoors. They protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun, reflective light & glare, wind, and dust and debris. Perhaps the most important of these benefits is shielding your eyes from the UV rays of the sun. Excessive exposure to the sun’s rays can create all sorts of eye problems, from cataracts to macular degeneration to eye cancer. The effects are generally not noticed until it is too late because their onset is so gradual. But rest assured, if you are in the habit of not wearing sunglasses on sunny days – whether Matrix sunglasses or otherwise – sooner or later your vision will be negatively impacted.
The other benefits are secondary but still important. The reduction of glare and horizontal light can help to preserve your vision, and will also help minimize squinting and the subsequent headaches that can ensue. The shielding of the wind helps keep your eyes from drying out and getting irritated. And the blockage of dust and debris, well, hopefully that’s an obvious one.
As you can see, sunglasses are much more than just a fashion staple. Really, the long term health of your eyes depends on sunglasses. Sunglasses play a crucial role when it comes to the preservation of your vision, so do not skimp on this critical piece of safety equipment.