Spring is finally here and that means putting on my sunglasses and spending a lot of time in the sun! Maybe you have a pair of sunglasses from last year or maybe you’re buying some new ones for this years spring and summer time – but the most important thing is making sure your sunglasses actually protects against UV rays.
Here’s 5 myths about sunglasses and UV rays:
1. UV rays are only dangerous during the summer
False: Even though the UV-intensity varies according to the season it doesn’t mean that it’s not there during the months without as much sunshine. You can neither see or feel the sun’s UV rays but the sun can damage the skin – too much sun can damage your eyes too, this can happen on a hot spring day in the garden, a summer day on the beach or a cold winter day on the ski slopes – Therefore, it is important to protect your eyes all year long.
2. The darker the glass is in your sunglasses, the better the UV protection it gives
False: UV-protection has nothing to do with the colour of the glass – Dark glasses without UV protection can actually be worse than not wearing sunglasses as they allow the pupils to expand and thus increase exposure to the sun.
3. Sunglasses with larger glasses gives better protection than smaller sunglasses
True: The bigger the glasses are in your sunglasses, the better they protect your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes. It’s always a good idea to use a high-level sun protection in the eye region to prevent skin and parental cancer.
4. When the sun is low in the sky, your eyes need extra protection
True: Unlike the skin, the vision is most exposed to UV radiation when the sun is low in the sky. This is mainly in the morning and afternoon hours, where the forehead and brow do not shield the sun to the same extent as the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky.
5. Expensive designer sunglasses are better than cheaper sunglasses
False: Buying expensive sungalsses do not necessarily mean that they will protect against UV better than cheap sunglasses – It’s only the material and treatment of glass that matters to how well your eyes are protected from the sun’s rays. So if you make sure to choose sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection, the price does not play a crucial role.