The hot, summer season sets the perfect stage for outdoor adventure. Each day, numerous Americans enjoy fun activities in the sun, whether they are playing golf, riding motorcycles, rock climbing or hiking. Unfortunately for people who must wear glasses, sunlight can be a big source of frustration and irritation, thanks to glare and a sensitivity to light. If you’re one of the many people who weren’t blessed with perfect vision, you can still enjoy the outdoors without having to squint your eyes the entire time.
Ordinary sunglasses aren’t for everyone
Usually, when golfers tee off on a warm, bright summer day, they use sunglasses to reduce UV glare. The same is true of motorcycle riders, fishermen, bicyclists, hunters, rock climbers and everyone else who enjoys outdoor fun. Unfortunately, people who wear eyeglasses aren’t usually able to use traditional sunglasses. It can be difficult to perform at your best on the golf course when you’re fighting to see clearly. Likewise, excessive glare can prove downright dangerous if you’re riding your motorcycle through dense, unforgiving traffic. Invariably, outdoor fun is blunted when we are forced to endure constant glare, and eyeglasses can make things especially bad by magnifying natural light.
The dangers of ultraviolet light
Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light can have a serious impact on the health of your eyes. Research has shown that long-term exposure to sunlight can increase a person’s likelihood of developing cataracts and other types of eye disease. Ultra violet light can also lead to the development of pingueculas (ugly yellow lesions on the whites of the eye) and pterygiums (growths that usually appear in the corners of the eyes).
Avoiding the early signs of age
Also known as crow’s feet, fine wrinkles around the eyes usually appear as we age; however, when we squint excessively, they can appear much earlier and become deeply set. Too much sun can negatively impact the appearance of skin, causing it to take on a thin, dry, wrinkled appearance. Certain types of sunglasses can block UV rays; however, people who wear eyeglasses typically can’t benefit from the traditional sunglasses found in ordinary brick-and-mortar stores.
Sunglasses with prescription lenses can help
These days, you don’t have to have perfect vision to enjoy UV-blocking sunglasses. Prescription UV-blocking sunglasses allow near- and far-sighted outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the sun, without having to jeopardize their eye health or endure the frustration associated with glare.