The Importance of Wearing Sunglasses and Hats in Summer

Stating that the amount of ultraviolet radiation reaching the earth’s surface in the summer months increased three times compared to the winter season, Anadolu Medical Center Ophthalmology Specialist Op. Dr Burcu Usta Uslu said, “You should wear ultraviolet protective glasses or a hat on sunny days to protect from these rays that cause serious eye damage.”

  • Just because a pair of glasses has ultraviolet protection doesn’t mean it’s expensive. In addition, there is no relationship between the darkness of the colour of the glasses and the ultraviolet feature.
  • The vast majority of prescription clear spectacle lenses also have the feature of filtering ultraviolet rays.
  • When buying glasses, the most crucial point to check is the manufacturer’s protection values ​​against ultraviolet rays. Most good quality sunglasses filter 95 to 99 per cent of ultraviolet rays.
  • A large amount of rays are reflected from the environment as well as the rays reaching the eyes from the sky. For this reason, sunglasses with closed sides and covering the face are healthier in blocking the rays.
  • The majority of contact lenses filter ultraviolet rays. However, they only protect the cornea layer they cover but cannot prevent the entire eye from being affected by the rays. That’s why contact lens wearers should also wear sunglasses.
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