Everyone knows to protect their skin with sunscreen, but did you know your eyes can get sunburned too? Sunlight contains UVA and UVB radiation, which can cause burns with overexposure—one of the fastest ways to ruin your vacation. Severe exposure over time might even ruin your vision in the long run.
That’s why you need a pair of quality sunglasses to protect yourself. Most importantly, sunglasses need 100% UVA/UVB protection rating on the lenses, so that they fully block both types of sun rays. Contrary to popular belief, this protection is not related to the color or tint of the lenses, so just make sure your sunglasses have a high protection rating.
Also ensure that sunglasses completely cover your eyes based on their size and shape. Ideally, they should cover both your eyes and your eyelids, as even closed eyes can be vulnerable to prolonged sunlight. You should also avoid sunglass models like pinholes and blinds, which offer too little coverage to protect you.
Beyond those factors, choose sunglasses that fit your lifestyle. Physically active individuals should consider wraparound sunglasses which strap to your head, and stay in place better while moving. Fishers and beach-goers might also consider polarized lenses, which reduce sun glare from reflective surfaces like water. And if you have kids, remember to protect them too they’re often less cautious about the sun and thus more at risk.
To have fun and stay safe in the sunny season, our members can take advantage of the proven eye protection offered through Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente. Get personalized sunglasses in all shapes and sizes and in a variety of brands including Calvin Klein, Nike, and Ray-Ban—often as discounted rates. Vision Essentials will help keep your eyes protected and your style intact, on your budget.
Visit kp2020.org/midat today to learn more about sun safety and browse our sunglass products.