Basking in the sun for the rest of the summer sounds like a great Idea! But there are some dangers sunrays bring with them. Our eyes are susceptible and must be protected with a pair of Sunglasses at all times during the day.

Sun-Related Health Problems

Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to severe health problems, which sunglasses can protect us.

Skin Cancer: The skin around our eyes and eyelids is susceptible and a significant degree of skin cancers are discovered near the eyes. Utilizing UV-protective sunglasses with large lenses will help protect your eyes and skin around them.

Glaucoma and Cataracts: Lengthened exposure to sun’s UV rays contribute to glaucoma and cataracts. Cataracts are cloudy areas on eye’s lens, and Glaucoma is a serious condition that can lead to blindness. Sunglasses with complete UV protection will alleviate the difficulties associated with glaucoma and threat of cataract.

Macular Degeneration: Types of UV radiation can worsen Macular degeneration – a condition in which part of the retina, named macula, deteriorates and poses a risk of blindness.

Pterygium: Commonly known as surfer’s eye, Pterygium is growth on the eyeball and can be painful. It is usually treated with eyes drops, steroids and surgery. Optometrists recommend prevention by wearing sunglasses with UV protection, especially on clouded days when the sun isn’t as visible, but UV rays are present in the environment.

Headaches and Migraines: Harsh sunlight can trigger severe headaches and migraines. While some people are more prone to experience headaches, protecting our eyes from overexposure to light can alleviate the severity and prevalence of these painful experiences.  

Hazardous Elements

Outdoor elements, such as snow, sand, wind and dust can pose a considerable risk to our eyes. Snow reflects the majority of the UV rays from the sun. These phenomena can lead to snow blindness that is constituted by the glare of sun burning the cornea. It is essential to wear sunglasses which also protect the bottom area of the eyes, while skiing, mountain climbing, trekking or simply spending time near the snow.  

Tiny grains of sand have easy access to our eyes and can cause permanently damaged if scratched. This problem is elevated when it’s windy, and dust floats in the air.

Help with Recovery

Post LASIK and PRK surgery for vision correction, it is recommended by optometrists to wear sunglasses to correct your eyes during their healing process. Improper care of eyes post surgeries can result in complications. Thus, prescription sunglasses should be used to protect the newly restored vision.

Aside from preventing health problems and protecting us from outdoor elements, wearing sunglasses can also result in better enjoyment of outdoor sights and safer driving habits.

If you’re located in Langley, BC, you’re in luck! Vision Care Centre located at 20455 Douglas Crescent has the prescription and non-prescription Designer Sunglasses. The fitting is adjusted to ensure utmost comfort.

Vision Care Centre also offers complimentary aftercare, which entrails, adjustments, realignment, and cleaning whenever required. View their services at and contact them at 604 449 2225.