We have always made it our mission to consider different kinds of factors while designing our products. From aesthetics, to comfort to work environments and weather conditions, for leisure or sports professionals, we’ve got you covered in complimenting your sports activities. Over the years, we have brushed up on our technology to control light and rays, and providing comfortable eyewear for users. That’s not all! We have also deep-dived into different lens technologies for this, that includes UV blocking effects, polarized, photochromatic and ULTRA lenses, to name a few.
This week we touch on the #1 common topic when it comes to outdoor activities – protecting your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
We would think that it’s important for us to take in a bit of Vitamin D a day. We’ve also all heard the standard reminders of how important it is to wear sunblock when you are out and about, be it for leisure or sports activities included. Little did you know, UV rays can cause severe damage to not only your skin but to your eyes as well. The light and heat from the Sun are all due to UV, and how radiation is emitted.
Exposure of your eyes to strong sunlight over a long period of time results in more than just a painful irritation. It is also a cause of disabilities to your eyes, with the potential of increased risk to the following:
- Corneal sunburn, also known as keratitis,
- Skin cancers on your eyelids and around your eyes
- Conjunctival cancer
- Pterygium, a common growth of tissue around the eye area
- Cataracts and related progressive vision loss
- Macular degeneration
- Signs of premature ageing around your eyes
With the help of the right (SWANS, perhaps?) pair of eyewear, and mindfulness of the environment and surrounding conditions, this can go a long way when it comes to protecting your eyes. All lenses used in SWANS products (with the exception of some special-purpose Yamamoto products) block 99.9% or more harmful UV rays, no matter which lens colour you choose. Other tips on protecting your eyes from UV:
- Never look directly into the Sun
- Stay cool and safeguard your eyes
- Shade your eyes with hats, sun shades or umbrellas
- Protect the rest of your body with sunblock that has an SPF of 15 or higher
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