What are the essential rituals you do, before going out into the sun? Put on Sunscreen lotion, wrap around a cloth around your face, put on full sleeves. These are to protect your skin from the sun and pollution. What about your eyes? We often tend to forget to carry our sunglasses while stepping out, and that’s a habit we need to correct. It’s because using sunglasses during the bright day have numerous advantages.

Know the Sun’s effect on eyes

We commonly speak and read about the sun’s impact on our skin, but it affects our eyes too. Due to prolonged or direct exposure to UV rays from the sun, the cells in our eyes tend to damage, and lead to long-term issues.

These are some of the possible damages that Sunglasses can prevent our eyes from:


These result in clouding our eyes’ lens that results in blurred vision. Some surveys revealed an estimation of 20% of Cataract cases are caused by extended UV exposure.

Macular degeneration:

It was talked about in the previous blog, but that article relates to age. In this case, the UV rays damage our retina by destroying our central vision that can lead to permanent blindness.


A tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism.

Know more about UV

We’ve studied UV in our childhood. Now, let’s dig a little deeper to understand how it can affect our vision.

UV rays are high-energy invisible light rays that are emitted from the sun. UV can be split up into three different types; UVA, UVB, and UVC.

  • UVA rays have higher wavelengths, hence can pass through glass easily.
  • UVB rays are the most dangerous radiation, which causes melanoma, and also results in damaging the Retina.
  • UVC rays are absorbed by the atmosphere, so are not a threat to our eyes.

What kind of Sunglasses are available

When it comes to types of sunglasses, there are several available. And, the most obvious mistake we do while selecting a pair of sunglasses is that we tend to look at them as a fashion accessory, which isn’t it’s all about.  If there’s any confusion as to what kind of sunglasses to go for, we suggest you consult a doctor to determine what’s best for you. There are even tints on glasses that help you see better in certain light conditions.

Polarised lenses:

The purpose of polarised sunglasses is to reduce the glare from any object. It suits well where the surroundings are filled with water bodies or any surfaces that reflect sunlight onto our eyes.

Mirror-coated lenses:

These are highly reflective coatings applied on the front end of sunglasses that reduce the amount of light entering our eyes.

Double Gradient:

These are the glasses with the top and bottom of the glass being dark. It helps shield our eyes from the bright overhead sunlight, and any reflecting light from sand or water.

Protecting your eyes is essential, and it should become a habit for everyone to throw a pair of UV sunglasses in your pocket/bag while going out. If you find any difficulty in your eyesight, feel free to contact us. You can book an appointment with any of our doctors that are skilled to get your eyesight back on track. We also have a multi-branded optical outlet housing the best and latest of frames and sunglasses.