Why wear sunglasses?

sunniesBefore you know it, summer will be here. Sunshine in Wisconsin means it’s time to get the SPF out, along with a pair of sunglasses. Whether it be the same pair of sunglasses you have had for years, or your 3rd pair so far this spring, sunglasses are extremely important for good eye health.

There are many people that do not realize the damaging consequences that too much UV exposure can do to their eyes. Prolonged sun exposure can leave eyes looking swollen, bloodshot, and light-sensitive. Over time, UV exposure can create very serious problems including pterygium, cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancer of the eye.  There are several cities throughout the United States that see more days of sun then in Wisconsin. However, when summer strolls through the state it is very important to keep your eyes protected.

So what kind of sunglasses do I need?

Sunglasses really vary in price. Just because a pair is more expensive, does not necessarily insure that the quality is better. The same idea goes for a cheap pair of sunglasses, sometimes you get the quality that you pay for.

Make sure you find a pair of sunglasses that offers UVA and UVB protection. You can also look at the label of the sunglasses to see if they meet the American National Standards Institute. Be extra sure that the sunglasses fit well, and if you really like them– consider purchasing an extra pair. Keep one pair of sunglasses in your car and another at home.

Protecting your eyes from UV rays can help prevent future vision problems.  Not only will your eyes thank you for wearing sunglasses, but so will your optometrist. Eye doctors work hard to make sure that people keep their eyes protected. That is why Community Insurance & Associates offers competitive auto insurance discounts to optometrists. Feel free to give any of our agents a call to find out more about the insurance discounts that we offer.

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