Does Sun Damage Your Eyes?
YES! It certainly does cause damage to your eyes. It is important to understand the potential long-term effects of the sun’s rays on your eyes. Of all the gardening tips available, I believe that eye safety tips are of the utmost importance. It is important to protect yourself, while also being mindful of our environment. Certain factors increase the danger of the sun’s UV rays to your eyes.
- Geographic location. UV levels are greater in tropical areas near the earth’s equator. The farther you are from the equator, the smaller your risk.
- Altitude. UV levels are greater at higher altitudes.
- Time of day. UV and HEV levels are greater when the sun is high in the sky, typically from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Setting. UV and HEV levels are greater in wide open spaces, especially when highly reflective surfaces are present, like snow and sand.
In fact, UV exposure can nearly double when UV rays are reflected from the snow. UV exposure is less likely in urban settings, where tall buildings shade the streets.
- Medications. Certain medications, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics and tranquilizers, can increase your body’s sensitivity to UV and HEV radiation
Understanding UV light.
There are three main types of UV light that you are exposed to from sunlight. They are UVA, UVB and UVC.
This chart give a very basic reference to the 3 types of UV light that our sun emits. for more detail, please visit the source of this information at University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
In addition to skin damage, UV radiation is harmful to your eyes. Many people forget about sun damage to the eyes and focus mainly on the damage caused to their skin. It is vry important to protect your eyes while gardening, driving or leisure activities outdoors.
Eye Damage Related to UV Sunlight
Your eyes can suffer from sunburn, just like your skin. This is referred to as photokeratitis. UV light is also linked to macular degeneration and cataracts. You can prevent or slow down the progression of the damage to your eyes by using proper eye protection.
Dangers while Gardening
Many people wear eye protection while driving or working, but forget about protecting their eyes while gardening and relaxing in the sunshine. If you are exposed to the sunlight for even a short while, the damage can begin. It is very important to find the right eye-wear for you. It is possible to get stylish and functional eye-wear while also mitigating the effects of the over 8 Million Metric Tons of plastic that ends up the world’s oceans every year.
Stylish and Eco-Friendly Eye Protection IS Available!
In my search to find the right eye protection for my gardening ventures, I have come across a few EXCELLENT options for eye-wear made of sustainable materials. Some of my favorites are:
Norton Point Sunglasses – Martha’s Vineyard-based sustainable sunglasses manufacturer. They make their sunglasses out of recovered ocean plastics.
Bamboo Sunglasses – This is by far, the most interesting and stylish options. Bamboo is extremely sustainable and uses less water and grows much more quickly than traditional wood. It also floats, so it is the perfect eye protection for water sports also!
Wise Owl Eco Goods – We use high-quality, renewable materials in our products. Plastic is one of the biggest threats to our environment, especially the oceans; and at Wise Owl, we aim to provide non-plastic alternatives to everyday items.
BE WISE, PROTECT YOUR EYES and BE KIND TO MOTHER EARTH!