The leaves are changing coloured, the weather is getting cooler, and daylight hours are becoming shorter - but that shouldn’t stop you from wearing sun protection. Sure, there’s no direct sunlight beating down on you as it did during the summer and you’re not squinting half as much as you did a few months ago, but what many people don’t realize is that the autumn sun can be even more damaging to our eyes than the summer light. Read below for the three most important reasons why you should keep wearing your sunglasses even as the seasons change:
Many people overlook the fact that the sun is in your line of sight during the autumn and winter seasons. Because the seasonal changes call for shorter days, the sun doesn’t rise as high into the sky as it does during the summer months. Furthermore, when the sun is higher overhead, it doesn’t directly affect the eyes unless you are gazing up at it. In fact, eye damage in summertime results from light bouncing off of water or shiny objects. However, because the sun is lower in the sky and near the horizon in the fall, the direct path to the eyes poses a greater risk of exposing them to UV rays.
UV exposure can lead to a host of diseases and eye conditions, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and cancer. Make sure you invest in a good pair of sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection to block out harmful sun rays from entering your eyes. Don’t forget to wear them out on cloudy days—as much as 90% of UV light can still find its way through the clouds! Furthermore, grass can reflect up to 5% of UV radiation, concrete reflects 25%, and up to 90% of UV light is reflected from snow. A pair of high-quality lenses keeps those harmful rays from beaming directly into your eyes.
The lower angle of the sun during this time of year results in a brutal glare that can pose a danger when driving. Whether you are leaving for your commute at sunrise, or coming home during sunset, the sun glare can be quite annoying and even dangerous.
The blinding light of the sun tends to scatter as it bounces off of uneven surfaces. However, if the sun rays hit a smooth surface, be it water or metal, the light reflects at an angle and blasts right into your eyes. To combat this potentially dangerous glare, get yourself a stylish pair of polarized sunglasses which mitigate the glare’s harmful effects.
These are all important reasons to keep wearing your sunglasses, no matter the climate. If your friends ask you why you’re wearing sunnies despite the cold weather, you may want to share this important information with them.
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