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Eye Protection and the Importance of Wearing Sunglasses

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Wearing Sunglasses

Wearing Sunglasses

Wearing Sunglasses

Remember the old sayings a stitch in time saves nine, and an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure? Eye protection and the importance of wearing sunglasses relate to these old but valuable sayings passed on from one generation to the next. Whether one chooses to wear designer sunglasses or drugstore varieties, wearing them is good for one's eye health.

"A stitch in time saves nine" relates to mending a small tear in clothing before it becoming a more major repair requiring more thread and time. "An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure" relates to taking care of one's health to negate the effects of illness and all the costs and time involved in trying to recapture the status of feeling good again.

Wearing sunglasses fits into this category of prevention and maintaining the health of one's eyes.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Preventing Cataracts

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens inside of the eyes that can develop for various reasons.

  • A sudden blow to the head can result in a traumatic cataract forming.
  • Children born to mothers who have rubella (or German measles) can develop cataracts.
  • People who take large doses of steroids can develop cataracts.
  • The heavy abuse of alcohol can also precipitate early cataract formation.
  • Certain dietary deficiencies can also impact cataract formation, among other causes.
  • Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is probably one of the main reasons for cataracts forming in senior adults.

One of the prime preventative measures a person can take is to wear sunglasses while outside, especially during the hours between 10 AM and 3 PM when the sun is the brightest and UV rays from the sun are the strongest.

That "ounce of protection" prevention needs to start early with one's children wearing sunglasses since UV damage to the eyes is cumulative.

Cataract Surgery

My husband just had cataract surgery in both eyes. The ophthalmologist operated on the worst eye first, followed up a week later by an operation on my husband's other eye. Fortunately, even on the first-day post-op, my husband's vision tested 20/20.

His cataracts formed over time. He did not realize the subtleties of the diminishing of his vision. The brightness of colors and brightness of the light was dazzling to him once he recovered his clear vision! When looking at our cat Peaches, what he thought was a cream color of her fur he realized was bright white.

He also no longer sees rings around street lights at night.

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Photokeratitis Prevention

Properly fitting sunglasses with adequate ultraviolet and blue light protection can help prevent this painful condition of photokeratitis.

Have you ever experienced a painful sunburn on the skin? Photokeratitis is like a sunburn to the cornea and conjunctiva of the eye, which happens due to exposure to bright light like that of the sun or a welder's torch without having adequate eye protection.

Before sunglasses as we know them today, early people like the Inuits living in Alaska and other places where the bright sun shining on snow caused a type of "snow blindness," these people learned to protect their eyes. They cut slits in antler horns and tied them to cover their eyes while in bright light. The slits in the horns worn to protect their eyes allowed them to see out but cut much of the damaging UV light, which caused their pain.

Another old saying: "Necessity is the mother of invention." Today we do not have to fashion eye protection by killing animals and using a portion of their horns as the Inuits did. Instead, we can easily choose some well-fitting spectacles to prevent the onset of photokeratitis.

Undoubtedly many had suffered from photokeratitis, perhaps not recognizing the cause. Feelings of grittiness in the eyes as though their eyes are full of grains of sand, excess tearing, and extreme pain are some of the symptoms.

Recovering from photokeratitis can take up to three days, and staying in a darkened room while pupil size gets back to normal. Cold compresses over the eyes, artificial tears, and pain medication are the at-home remedies. I would rather wear sunglasses to prevent photokeratitis than have to treat it and live through the pain and discomfort of that condition.

An inuit family (1917) - "AN ESKIMO FAMILY. Tenderness and responsibility in their treatment of children is a virtue of the Eskimo which binds them closer to the brotherhood of civilized peoples."

An inuit family (1917) - "AN ESKIMO FAMILY. Tenderness and responsibility in their treatment of children is a virtue of the Eskimo which binds them closer to the brotherhood of civilized peoples."

Preventing Cancer of the Eye

Did you think that wearing sunglasses was merely a fashion statement? Think again!
Most people know that long-term sun exposure can cause wrinkles to the skin, but it also causes more serious conditions like melanoma (cancer of the skin) to occur. Melanomas can kill a person! People now know to wear suntan lotions to protect their skin from being overexposed to the sun.

Your eyes need that same protection! Wearing sunglasses is vitally important to prevent damage to the thin lining inside of the eye called the retina. The retina acts like a film developer transmitting images you see into chemical impulses sent to the brain, which interprets what we are seeing. If damage to the retina occurs, it is going to affect not only our vision but also possibly our lives in the case of the formation of cancer. Yes, we can develop cancerous melanoma of the eye just like skin melanoma!

One way to prevent that from happening is to wear sunglasses when exposed to bright lights. But don't be fooled! Even on cloudy days during sunlight hours, damaging ultraviolet light can still damage not only your skin but also your eyes.

Human eye. The light circle is where the optic nerve exits the retina.

Human eye. The light circle is where the optic nerve exits the retina.

Pterygium Prevention

Have you ever seen a person with a pink-colored growth going from the inside corner of his eye migrating (as it grows) to the center of the eye? Eventually, that vascular growth can obstruct vision if it gets to the pupil area. No longer is there a clear window of the cornea to look through with that pterygium growing over it.

Corneal scarring can also happen, plus altering the curvature of the normal cornea causing astigmatism, all of which impairs normal vision. At that point, some surgical intervention becomes necessary to restore sight.

Can you guess the cause of pterygiums given the subject matter of this post? That's right! Exposure to the sun without protecting one's eyes with sunglasses is the prime cause of pterygium development.

People who spend a lot of time in the sun, like surfers, snowboarders, skiers, and the like, are most at risk. Sun reflected off of water or snow can do additional damage. Fortunately, specially made sunglasses exist to stay on the faces of such athletes.

Who wants to undergo surgery for things like pterygiums if they can be primarily avoided by just wearing a good pair of sunglasses?

Severe Pterygium reaching the pupil

Severe Pterygium reaching the pupil

Pterygium removal from Harvard Eye Associates

Fashion Accessories

Sunglasses have been worn through the years by many people with more thought to looks and design and how it accessorizes the rest of their outfits than their prime function of protecting one's eyes. Many movie stars and others have collections of sunglasses, just as they also collect jewelry to be worn for different occasions.

Whether one chooses just a pair or two of designer sunglasses or even the drug store variety to own, the main thing to remember is to wear your sunglasses and make sure that they have the proper UV protection. Look for labels showing "UV 400" in the United States.

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Additional Reasons

Glasses can help prevent blunt force trauma to the eyes. It is an extra layer of protection in the case of accidents.

Protection from wind and dust is another good reason to wear sunglasses. Squinting in bright light can help be avoided, and those subsequent wrinkles around the eyes.

People who wear sunglasses can potentially avoid developing macular degeneration. People with light-colored eyes are particularly susceptible to damage from UV light.

You can acquaint yourself with the medical conditions listed above and more by clicking on the links below. All of the tips about wearing sunglasses and eye conditions are from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Just for fun!  Shih Tzu dogs wearing sunglasses!

Just for fun! Shih Tzu dogs wearing sunglasses!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2021:

Hi Ann,

You have reason to be proud of your dad! I do not think that most people realize the diseases and other conditions that can be diagnosed by a good eye exam. Everything from tumors, high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, and more can be found. Diabetics, in particular, need to be regularly monitored by annual eye exams. Everyone should keep up with annual eye exams!

Ann Carr from SW England on March 06, 2021:

That's amazing! Well done you! I'm so pleased to hear that.

I was in awe of my father's capabilities and all his elaborate eye-testing effects. He was respected and popular in our village as he did his job well and saved a few lives by spotting indications of brain tumours. I guess his interest in photography stemmed from his knowledge of light etc. In my eyes, he was the best!

Ann

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2021:

Hi Ann,

I am glad you got prompt treatment for it. Losing one's eyesight would be terrible! At one time, I became one of the first six RN Opthalmology Specialists in Houston. I took the course at Baylor. That was long ago, back in the 1970s. Many innovations have come along since that time in the field of ophthalmology and optometry.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 06, 2021:

The first time was very mild, just a bit of an itch under one arm shortly after having my first child, but the optical one was very painful - I was on holiday in France! Fortunately, the pharmacist I consulted made me an instant appointment with the local doctor, who diagnosed a 'zonal' (shingles) and gave me the appropriate medication. I checked with my own doctor when I got home and all was well. Apparently, if you leave that too long before diagnosis you can go blind - I found that knowledge more scary than actually having it!

Ann

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2021:

I am pretty sure that we were in our 60s when we had our shingles shots. They obviously give them earlier over here. Wow! Having it once would be bad enough, but twice! So sorry for you! Hopefully, that will be the last time. Thanks again for commenting on this article.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 06, 2021:

They won't let me have a shingles jab until I'm over 70, despite having had it twice, once under my arm and once in my eyes - not long to go!

I'm glad I managed to catch this before it's transferred.

Ann

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2021:

Hi Ann,

You are fortunate to have an optometrist like your dad. Not everyone understands the importance of regular eye checkups or caring for one's eyes. So very sorry to know that you had optical shingles affect your eyes. My husband and I had the earlier version of a shingles vaccine, but there is a better one now that lasts longer. I guess after we get our 2nd Covid-19 vaccine, we should seriously consider getting that shingles vaccine.

Thanks for your comment. Hopefully, soon they will restore comments on all of our pieces. The only shares are now to Pinterest, etc. We can still do that. Stay well, and stay safe!

Ann Carr from SW England on March 06, 2021:

This is all so important and there are some fascinating details here. My father was an optometrist and tested and looked after my eyes until he died. He instilled in me just how important our eyes are and to look after them.

I wear sunglasses even when it's just bright outside, especially for driving. A few years back I had optical shingles and since then I've had an eye pad (makes a change from iPad doesn't it?!) which I can heat in the microwave and it soothes my eyes any time, and I use micellar water to cleanse with. Since the shingles, my eyes are often gritty so I try to do this treatment every day. They often feel gritty, especially after too long in front of the computer screen, so I must be careful. Eye drops are another thing I use regularly (usually Optrex).

This is a great article which should be read by everyone. Shame we don't have the 'share' facility on HP any more.

Hope all's well with you, Peggy.

Ann

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 05, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

Yes, there are many good reasons to wear sunglasses, even on cloudy days.

Sandra on March 05, 2021:

Good and sound advice for wearing sunglasses. Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

You must be an early riser if you typically see the sunrise each day. As to needing sunglasses, it is particularly important for those of us who live in the south where the sun often shines.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 26, 2019:

So much of importance shared here Living in Florida I do not think I would manage well without mine especially when I come up over the bridge when walking just as the sun arises Thank you for sharing Angels are on the way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2016:

Hello breathing,

Wearing sunglasses to protect one's eyes when in bright sunlight is certainly a good idea and a good habit to develop. We only have one set of eyes!

TANJIM ARAFAT SAJIB from Bangladesh on February 13, 2016:

Wearing sunglasses as a habit is not something that we are used to. This hub has brought some important points which can be taken into consideration. Like every other body part, eyes also don’t become weak overnight. Rather they become weak with time. But without sunglasses the phenomena of becoming weak will happen a bit faster. It is because with sunglasses you will get some kind of protection that can be beneficial in the long run. Who doesn’t want benefits in long term? That’s I completely agree to the author at least for myself I prefer to wear glasses as a habit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

What you wrote is very true regarding the protective use of wearing sunglasses. This is one of my hubs that has been stolen and try as I might I have yet to get it removed. Appreciate the share!

C E Clark from North Texas on March 30, 2015:

Spring has sprung in so many places now that one really should have had their spring/summer eye protection taken care of by now, but I know everyone is busy and tend to put things off. This shouldn't be put off. For the health of one's eyes, it is imperative to take necessary precautions to keep one's eyes healthy. This is a great article to advise people on what to do to make sure their eyes are protected both for the present and the future. Cataracts are bad, but I have seen even worse eye conditions resulting from no protection from the sun. Believe me, no one wants to have them.

Sharing this article to remind followers that taking time to protect their eyes should be at the top of their list.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 07, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Yes, whether it is bright sunlight, snow, reflections on water...or surprising to many people...even on cloudy days, the UV rays of the sun can damage our eyes just like they can damage our skin. Protecting eyes with sunglasses is important. I have never tried those transition lenses that automatically darken and lighten, but may give them a try the next time I need a prescription change. Thanks for the share and pin.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 01, 2014:

Wanted to share this again as the sunny season is upon us again. Of course it's pretty much always sunny in Texas. Indeed, snow can be just as damaging to one's eyes as water if a person doesn't take care to protect their eyes from the glare.

I recently read about a man who had some sort of fibrous growths over his eyes as a result of not protecting his eyes from the sun and sun reflections from the water. Not cataracts, but fibers of some sort -- pterygium or surfer's eye. I thought it was scary myself.

Shared and pinned to AH.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Snow can be just as dazzling as water. Sunglasses can be equally important to wear then also. Almost everyone if they live long enough will probably develop cataracts. Part of it is just the aging process but it can be accelerated by a traumatic injury or by not protecting the eyes with sunglasses, etc. Thanks for the pin.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 04, 2014:

Such an important article! People need to read this and take appropriate action about making sure their eyes are protected from too much sun exposure, and I should think it would be worse on and around the water where the reflection is amplified.

Interesting video. I hope I never need cataract surgery.

Pinned this article to my 'Health' board.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2013:

Hi vertualit,

You should consider taking your sister's advice. Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes is important and easy enough to do. Just make sure that you get the proper UV protection when you purchase them. Thanks for your comment.

Abdus Salam from Bangladesh on May 26, 2013:

Eye protection using sunglasses, really excellent direction! I also never do this. But my sister always suggest me for using sunglasses. Very Useful Thanks for sharing..

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

Summers can get pretty hot in Houston also. Our temperatures can sometimes approach or even go over 100 degrees Fahrenheit...but it is the high humidity that makes it feel even worse. We also get lots of sun! As to sunglasses being important...they truly are no matter where in the world one lives. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 25, 2013:

Your husband had 6/6 as we have it or 20/20 vision even on the first day of operation is wonderful. Sunglasses are very important esp where I come from because in summers sun can be very cruel with temp going over 113F and with sun rays causing lots of glare. Very useful hub. Voting up, useful, interesting and awesome. Sharing too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013:

Hi Victoria,

Many years ago (1970's) I took a RN specialist course in ophthalmology so learned quite a bit about the eyes plus at that time worked as an OR nurse. Think about wearing good sunglasses and get in the habit. You will be glad you did in the end. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013:

Hello healthylife2,

There are many good reasons beyond just a fashion statement to wear sunglasses when outside. About the only time I do not follow that advice is when I am gardening. I probably should start. My husband's vision is great following his cataract surgery. Have your regular eye checkups and any problems can be caught early before they get out of hand. Thanks for the vote and the share.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 25, 2013:

Such great info here! I didn't know that wearing sunglasses would protect the eyes from all that stuff. I really hate wearing sunglasses and really never do, but maybe I should start. Excellent hub!

healthylife2 on April 25, 2013:

Your article was definitely "eye opening". I had no idea that cancer of the eye could occur like skin cancer from too much exposure to the sun. Fortunately I always wear my sunglasses when out in the sun due to a sensitivity to light. I also didn't realize the use of steroids could cause cataracts. I did take a significant dose during chemotherapy so will have to watch for that. Thank you so much for the informative article and I'm so glad your husband's vision has been restored. Voted up and shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

I generally wear sunglasses except when I am doing yard work. I know...it is crazy. Thanks for your comment and the sharing of this hub. I am late in responding because I have been doing a lot of gardening of late.

moonlake from America on April 18, 2013:

I have been so bad about wearing sunglasses. I use to wear them all the time in California and Texas but once I moved to Wisconsin I stopped wearing them and shouldn't have. Voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

I just added a link from your good hub regarding the importance of wearing good sunglasses into this one as well. Hopefully between both of our articles we will be raising awareness of the vital importance of eye protection. Thanks for the 5 star rating, votes & share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2013:

Peggy, this is an in depth presentation on why each one of us needs to wear sunglasses to protect our eyes. Awesome hub and one that should not be missed by anyone wanting to protect his/her vision.

I'm linking this to my hub "About Sunglasses And What Are Some Important Points In Choosing The Right One".

Rated 5 stars and voted up, awesome and useful. Shared too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2013:

Hi beingwell,

We need to wear sunglasses just about year round where we live in Houston, Texas. Nice to know that you are protecting your eyes by wearing them. Thanks for your comment, vote + share.

beingwell from Bangkok on April 04, 2013:

It's summertime in my part of the world. So this hub is very timely. I bought a pair a few weeks ago from Uniqlo. They're not bad at all.

Voted up and shared, peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2013:

Hello FullOfLoveSites,

Some people's eyes are more sensitive than others which is probably the case with you. The important thing is that you are caring for your eyes by wearing sunglasses when you have a glare from whatever the source happens to be. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on January 23, 2013:

I even wear sunglasses whenever (especially at night), I use the pc and the bright light of the monitor is sort of killing me. I'm just too lazy to adjust the monitor's brightness and contrast; otherwise I would adjust it back at daytime. Sunglasses is the best bet, hehehehe.

Oh, I agree with you about wearing sunglasses in the winter especially e.g., when you go in a ski resort, where the white glare is all around and discomforts our eyes.

Up, useful and shared. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2013:

Hi dialogue,

Thanks for your comment. Obviously you know the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect one's eyes. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

Wear your prescription sunglasses in good health! I also wear glasses but do not have prescription sunglasses. I wear a pair of sunglasses that fits over my regular glasses. I have actually reworked this hub as to its appearance, but thank you. Glad that you liked learning more about cataracts, etc. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Yes, people also need to protect their eyes from the glare on snow as well as on cloudy days. We only have one set of eyes! Wearing sunglasses is important year round. Thanks for your support of this article.

dialogue on January 21, 2013:

Great hub explaining the importance of Sunglasses. I have a hub on Best Sunglasses; https://hubpages.com/style/Best-Sunglasses hope you will like it :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 21, 2013:

Well, I love my prescription sunglasses for sure. I have mild to moderate astigmatism. It was good learning more about cataracts and other eye conditions. Great job, nice looking hub!

C E Clark from North Texas on January 21, 2013:

An important hub! People need to care for their eyes and wearing sunglasses that meet requirements in winter to protect from the glare on the snow, and summer just because of the bright sun. Here in Texas the sun is relentless in the summer.

Lots of important information here. Voted up, interesting and useful. Will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 26, 2012:

Hello mmsu,

Glad to hear that you learned about the many reasons why a person should wear sunglasses beyond the fashion sense of doing so. Appreciate your comment, vote and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 25, 2012:

Hi DzyMsLizzy,

It is true that lighter colored eyes are more sensitive to the light but everyone's eyes need protection from the sun. What you pay for sunglasses is not as important as getting the correct UV protection for your eyes...and there are many drug store varieties that do just that. Some people use sunglasses as a designer statement much like their clothes and shoes. So there is every price point with regard to sunglasses which is good. The ones I am wearing right now have a scratch right in my line of vision. Need to get those replaced! Ha! Thanks for your comment and vote.

mmsu from Pakistan on August 25, 2012:

Great idea for a hub.Well written and explained.Most of us do wear it just as a part of "fashion sense" without knowing a lot about it's other benefits.Voted up and shared.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on August 25, 2012:

My eyes are light-sensitive, because they are a light color. I've always understood that people with dark eyes can tolerate more sun and glare than those of us with light eyes.

However, I've always been a klutz and a tomboy--I'm hard on sunglasses. I take them off, forget them, or toss them on the seat of the car 'just for a moment' while I reach for something else; next thing I know, I've forgotten, and come back to the car and sit on them! Crunch! Or they get dropped, kicked and scratched while I'm walking by falling off my hat when I go inside, etc.

Therefore, I don't 'do' designer shades--I buy them at the drugstore, and I refuse to pay more than $8. for something that needs replacing so often..... :-( (But then, I don't 'do' designer anything... ;-) )

Interesting article. Voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 25, 2012:

Hi barbergirl,

Yes...do replace your sunglasses quickly. They are far more than a fashion statement. Just be sure and get the proper UV protection and then wear them for eye protection. They won't do you much good as a headband. Ha!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on August 24, 2012:

My good sunglasses just broke a few weeks ago. I am so bummed because I have yet to find another pair that I like. I am really picky about my sunglasses. However, I do know that they are necessary and I will admit that I don't use them all the time. I just don't always like the feel of glasses and sometimes use them more as a headband then anything else. But, with every thing you mentioned, I might be off to the store tomorrow to replace my broken ones quickly!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2012:

Hello Enqwe Hong,

Wearing sunglasses for fashion is fun but wearing them for safety is even more important as this article describes. Thanks for your interest and comment.

Enqwe Hong from London on July 17, 2012:

This article is so great! I'm quite fond of sunglasses. I'd like to share my opinion with you.I 'll come by often~~ Thanks for your sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2012:

Hello shalini sharan,

Nice to know that you learned some things about why people should protect their eyes with sunglasses. Appreciate your comment.

shalini sharan from Delhi on June 22, 2012:

your article here is very useful sir

i never knew sunglasses had so many advantages. thank you for sharing it

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2012:

Hello davecurrtis,

You have that right. Keeping correct UV rated sunglasses on your face when outdoors is the most important tip of all to help prevent many of these sometimes preventable maladies. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2012:

Hi Steph,

I thought that video on choosing the right style for one's face would interest others when it comes to choosing sunglasses or glasses, for that matter. Thanks for the 5 star rating and your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2012:

Hi Mary,

In actuality, the UV protection in sunglasses is all important and that can be found in less expensive drug store selections as well as designer sunglasses. So while style may matter to some, the importance of wearing good sunglasses is the main purpose of this hub. My husband ended up purchasing his sunglasses at Costco. Thanks for your comment and the share + link to your excellent hub.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on June 19, 2012:

Wonderful hub, Peggy! Love the guidance for picking the right shaped lenses based on face shape. Rated up and gave it five stars!!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 19, 2012:

Great Hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses. They can get pretty pricey, I see! I wonder if these designer sunglasses are really any more protective than cheepos?? They should be. I voted this Hub UP, etc. and I will share, too.

I'd like to link this to my Hub I just wrote about the Mohs surgery for basal cell carinoma. Many thanks.

Goodnight

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2012:

Hello rajan jolly,

Yes, it is imperative that sunglasses have the proper UV rating in order to protect the eyes and this is true no matter what price one wishes to pay for sunglasses. Thanks for your comment, the votes and the share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 18, 2012:

Excellent hub Peggy. To avoid the listed eye afflictions , it's imperative that one buys sunglasses with a rated UV protection.

Thanks for sharing.

Voted up, useful and awesome. Shared this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2012:

Hi Ethel,

We both had our eyes checked a week ago and my husband's vision is still 20-20 following his cataract surgery. He only has need for reading glasses. I'll be getting a new prescription for my glasses. No signs of cataracts just yet. Our doctor stressed the importance of wearing our sunglasses. It is bright and sunny much of the time here in Texas. Appreciate your comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 02, 2012:

Glad Hubby is well. I had my cataracts operated on a couple of years ago now. I still see halos round street lamps but my vision is so much better. Very informative and useful hub thanks

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2012:

Hello Vinaya,

People are aware of the need for sunglasses when the sun is shining brightly, but the ultraviolet rays of the sun can cause damage to the eyes even on cloudy days (just like people can get sunburns on cloudy days spent at the beach, if proper precautions are not taken). I'll admit, I don't always wear them as much as I should, but I am trying to better behave. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 09, 2012:

I love wearing sunglasses especially in summer. I can use your advice.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2012:

Hello vespawoolf,

Glad that you found these tips about the importance of wearing sunglasses helpful. While some cataracts develop with age, it can be speeded up if eyes are not shaded from the sun and can develop much earlier than necessary. Thanks for your comment. Keep wearing your sunglasses!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 13, 2012:

We live in an area where the summer sun is very bright. My maternal grandmother had cataracts, so I am careful to always use sunglasses. Thanks for the tips on choosing glasses!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 05, 2012:

Hello Brett.Tesol,

Wearing sunglasses are important for many reasons. It would be terrible to have problems looking at a computer screen because of light sensitivity. I have yet to get those self adjusting glasses that become sunglasses when needed, but might consider it in the future. Thanks for your comment and sharing of this hub.

Brett C from Asia on February 05, 2012:

Very good advice. Over here in Asia I have noticed that a lot of people develop a light sensitivity, to the point that they can't even use a computer without being in discomfort. This made me reconsider sunglasses. The glasses that adjust seem best, as you don't have to take them off and on all the time.

SOCIALLY SHARED and voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hello RichardErnest,

Wearing sunglasses for eye protection is obviously important but since it has also become a fashion accessory, many people like to try on the different styles to see what best suits their face. Thanks for the link and thanks for your comment.

RichardEarnest from London on November 17, 2011:

Very true, there are so many benefits to wearing sunglasses, most importantly that of UV protection from the sun. There are also many benefits regarding how you buy your sunglasses, I usually find glasses online are cheaper and recently bought some sunglasses from Vison Express, they have a really cool 'Virtual Uploader' http://www.visionexpress.com/sunglasses/frames/try... application, simply upload a photo of yourself & try on various models before committing to buy, really useful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2011:

Hello stars439,

Happy to hear that you found this hub of some importance. Wearing sunglasses is mandatory down here in the South! Thanks for your comment.

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on September 08, 2011:

Wonderful hub dear heart, and very informative. And congratulations on your 100 point score.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2011:

Hello texasgirlfw,

Your eyes will be better off for your habit of wearing sunglasses. My eyes are also sensitive to the sun. Thanks for leaving a comment.

texasgirlfw on August 01, 2011:

I have always had a sensitivity to the sun and never go out withouth sunglasses.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2011:

Hi Ethel,

Nice to know that your vision is now greatly improved. My husband is still astounded at the difference in his vision following cataract surgery. Bright sunlight actually hurts my eyes so I am a devotee of wearing sunglasses. Thanks for your comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 23, 2011:

Glad Hubby is well. My eyes are also better but i do still get some rings of light at night. I find the sun too bright also and use my sun glasses most days. On the whole though my vision is now brill. Seems like your hubby and i both belong a priviledged club :) My early cataracts were down to ongoing thyroid probs and meds i believe

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2011:

Hello Sun-Girl,

You are welcome and thanks for leaving a comment on this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses. Many good reasons!

Sun-Girl from Nigeria on June 24, 2011:

Nice info, thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 17, 2011:

Hi SUSIE42,

I guess you are lucky if you have been protecting your eyes with sunglasses for a long time. It can only help! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

SUSIE42 on June 17, 2011:

I guess I am lucky my eyes have always been very sensitive to sunlight. Therefore I have always worn sunglasses.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2011:

Hi Billy,

Sunscreen and sunglasses seem to be our armament these days! Looks like it is going to be a sizzling summer in Houston!

billyaustindillon on June 16, 2011:

Never truer then these record temperatures and heat factors we have right now.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2011:

Hi RTalloni,

I agree with you in that wearing sunglasses is so important. One cannot go back but going forward we can all take better care of our eyes. I'm mainly guilty in not wearing them when I work in the garden...but am trying to correct that habit. Thanks for your comment.

RTalloni on June 15, 2011:

Such an important hub. Melanoma in the eye metastasizes to the liver unless caught early. Eye checks with a knowledgeable eye care specialist are so important!

Glad you posted this to remind us! I know better, but fail to wear my sunglasses at times--maybe because I grew up in Florida and am more used to the sun.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 27, 2011:

Hello StephenSMcmillan,

Glad that you found this hub regarding eye protection informative. Thanks for the comment.

StephenSMcmillan on May 27, 2011:

Great stuff. Thanks for information.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2011:

Hello toknowinfo,

Thanks for your comment and votes on this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses.

toknowinfo on March 10, 2011:

Well done hub. Thanks for the practical tips that apply to us all. Rated up and useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 02, 2011:

Hello lamsam,

Glad that you found this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses and eye protection informative. Thanks for your comment.

Helna on March 02, 2011:

Thanks Peggy W for sharing the importance of wearing sunglasses. It is very informative and knowledge rich hub

Thanks

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 31, 2011:

Hello andyduke,

Lucky you! What we got to see of Spain while on vacation many years ago would have us wishing to spend more time there!

Glad that this hub gave you more information about the importance of wearing sunglasses for eye protection. Be sure and keep wearing yours whether they are designer sunglasses or others. Just make sure the UV protection is up to par.

Thanks for your comment.

andyduke on January 30, 2011:

This is a very helpful Hub.

I moved to Spain a few years ago I understand the importance of eye protection. There is a whole lot more information written here that I didn't know about.

Thank you for the insight.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 28, 2011:

Hi Becky,

You are correct in that eye protection and just wearing sunglasses with the proper ultraviolet protection is the most important thing. Thanks for commenting on this hub about designer sunglasses.

Becky from Oklahoma on January 27, 2011:

Awesome Hub about the importance of wearing protective sunglasses. Your right; the style is not the most important, it's the proper ultraviolet protection. Thanks for the excellent information.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2011:

Hello Prasetio,

It is good that you take good care of your eyes as they are the "window" through which we see the world. Of course other senses play a part as well and for those who do not have vision, those other senses take over and become more prominent.

But for those of us with vision, the importance of wearing sunglasses whether they are designer sunglasses or less expensive drug store sunglasses becomes most important to preserve our vision as best we can. Thanks for your vote and comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 14, 2011:

Very inspiring hub and totally beautiful. I liked you review and tips about sunglasses. I try to give much attention to my eyes as the window of the world. This is valuable information. Thanks, Peggy for share with us. Vote up. God bless you!

Prasetio:)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 12, 2011:

Hi TINA V,

Yes, good sunglasses are definitely important for eye protection. Glad that you liked the video as to finding the perfect sunglasses to fit the shape of one's face. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

TINA V on January 12, 2011:

This is a very useful hub. I wear sunglasses everyday because it really protects my eyes from wind, dust and heat. I consider it as an investment to buy a good brand. I like your video on Fabtv on how to find the perfect sunglasses for the shape of our face. Awesome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 12, 2011:

Hello Cheryl,

Thanks for commenting on this hub about the importance of wearing sunglasses. Wonder if my cousin's wife purchased designer sunglasses for her pooches? Haha!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 12, 2011:

Hello susannah42,

My eyes are also very sensitive to light. Glad that you liked this hub about eye protection and the importance of wearing sunglasses. Thanks for the comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on January 12, 2011:

Thanks for this wonderful and informative hub. I welcome the information on Cataract eye surgery and the many other eye conditions. I agree sunglasses are important for our daily protection of our eyes. I will definitely invest in a reliable, UV pair of sunglasses. I love the last photo. Cute and Adorable. A great hubpage.

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