Thursday, April 17, 2008

Who Needs Sunglasses?

To put it simply, everyone, from young to old, should have a good pair of sunglasses.

Many people underestimate the damage that UV rays can have on your eyes because the effect is slow. Most people will put on sun-tan lotion without question, as the effects of not doing so become apparent shortly after leaving the beach, whereas damage to your eyes takes time.

People should get used to wearing glasses at a young age, however, this is often not the case. Your eyes are affected by the sun at all points in your life. Children spend a lot of time outside playing around, so they are particularly at risk of damage to UV. There are many styles and sizes available for children. Adult life often involves situation where sunglasses are essential, such as during driving. The elderly should also wear a good pair to maintain good vision and many shapes and styles can be found to match prescriptions or go over prescription glasses.

Sunglasses are first and foremost for protection against the sun, and secondly, for fashion (except when you are indoors, my god). Keep this in mind at all times, and bring your pair with you next time you go out.

Health Canada. "It's Your Health." Government of Canada. August 2006. <>

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