Updated: Jan 4
Canadians love the summer heat, it’s our chance to get outside after a long, cold winter! Even though we may live in a cool climate, it is still important to wear the right sunglasses to protect our eyes.
The sun can cause irreversible damage leading to issues like cataracts, eyelid, and even blindness. A 2019 Canadian Eye Health Survey found half of the respondents felt that UV radiation was the main threat to eye health, but only a third of them felt that protection against that same UV is important when purchasing eyewear.
Our friendly and knowledgeable teams across all our locations can help you choose the right pair of sunglasses that protect you from harmful UV rays. We pride ourselves for being a premier source for stylish sunglasses in Ottawa, Ontario and surrounding areas and are here to help you increase your sun safety awareness, so you and your family can enjoy time outdoors all summer long.
Here are our top 5 reasons why you should wear sunglasses this summer:
Prolonged exposure to UV light can cause significant damage to your eyes. Wearing sunglasses should begin in childhood, to prevent long-term damage that can lead to conditions like macular degeneration, which can cause irreversible sight loss, and cataracts later in life. It is important to choose a pair of sunglasses that provide effective UV protection.
Sunglasses should block 99% of UVA and UVB rays and screen out 75 to 90% of visible light. Use this time as an opportunity to get your children in the habit of wearing sunglasses whenever they go outside, and make sure you reach for your shades too!
Do you spend a lot of time on the golf course, or by the water? You may require additional protection to keep your eyes safe from UV rays. People who spend a lot of time outdoors can benefit from the added glare protection that polarized sunglasses provide. Offering increased clarity, reduced eye strain, and enhanced contrasts, polarized lenses are the ideal choice for sunglasses wearers who want to maximize their sun protection and make the most of the bright sunshine without the bother glare from the sun can present.
Skin Cancer Prevention
When most people think of skin cancer, they think of moles or spots on their body, but, skin cancer can develop around the eyelids too. Also known as ocular melanoma, more than 200 Canadians are diagnosed with this each year. Though the survival rate is high, this type of cancer can lead to blindness and even the removal of the eye in some cases.
Over exposure to the sun plays a major role in causing eyelid cancer, which is why it is essential to protect your eyes and wear sunglasses that provide adequate coverage whenever you are out and about in the sunshine.
Improves Dark Adaptation
We have all experienced coming inside on a bright day and being disoriented by the change in light. This can also happen when driving when going through tunnels, because of sudden changes in weather, and reflections on cars or other objects. A sudden change in brightness causes you to adjust in movement or gaze to compensate for this change.
Wearing a pair of sunglasses can assist with the transition between light and dark spaces, preventing discomfort and reducing the chance of an accident. Sunglasses allow for easy movement between light conditions by filtering out harmful and potentially distracting glare, allowing you to move between light and dark spaces easily.
A Great Fashion Accessory to Transform Any Outfit
Sunglasses aren’t just here to protect your eyes; they are also a fun fashion accessory that can enhance any outfit. Many high-quality designer sunglasses brands offer different shapes and styles to suit every lifestyle, including some of our personal favorites: Prada sunglasses, Ray Bans, and Nautica.
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