There are a variety of reasons why people do not wear sunglasses. Among them:
- Nearly half simply forget.
- About 14% lose or break sunglasses often.
- About 20% don't believe their eyes are at risk from sun exposure.
UV exposure can cause short-term and long-term effects on eye health.
After spending a day at the beach, eyes may seem bloodshot, swollen, and light-sensitive.
Sunburn of the eye, or photokeratitis is one effect. It's also known as ''snow blindness," as it happens to skiers, too. In severe cases, it can cause loss of vision for up to 48 hours, according to the report.
Long-term, excess UV exposure can cause a variety of eye problems, including:
- Surfers eye, also known as pterygium: This abnormal but usually benign growth on the eye's surface can itch, swell, and become irritated. Surgery can be done to remove it, but it can come back.
- Cataracts: The progressive clouding of the lens of the eye.
- Age-related macular degeneration: The macula is at the back of the eye, in the middle of the retina. Damage to the nerve cell in the macula can dull colors and blur fine detail in your vision.
- Cancer of the eye, eyelid, or nearby skin.
While 73% of adults do wear sunglasses only 58% of them make their children wear shades, too one survey found. It's never too early, to put sunglasses on children. And it's never too late to begin wearing them.
Be sure the glasses are comfortable, and choose sunglasses that you feel you look good in, so you will wear them.