MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Our drought isn’t simply inflicting extraordinarily dry situations. We’re barely getting cloud protection some days, and that’s led to lengthy hours below the brightest star within the sky.
So how ought to we defend our eyes from the solar? And which kind of sun shades work finest? WCCO spoke with Dr. Susie Hemann, an optometrist with Downtown Eyes in Minneapolis.
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“One of the best ways to guard your eyes is to put on 100% UV sun shades. These are gonna have UVA and UV blocking,” Hemann stated.
She additionally provides that individuals ought to search for the “100% UV” sticker on lenses. However is it protected to imagine all sun shades have UV safety?
“Generally, when you’re getting it from a fairly dependable retailer, and particularly when you’re getting it from an eye fixed clinic, they’re all gonna have that. In the event you get them in promotional deal or one thing like that, I might have a bit extra warning there,” Hemann stated.
One other sticker usually seen on lenses will confirm the sun shades are polarized. Does that make them higher at defending eyes? Dr. Hemann says not essentially.
“The polarization doesn’t have an effect on the quantity of UV that’s being filtered. They’re nonetheless gonna have that 100% UV, however it’s gonna provide much more readability in glare conditions,” she stated.
Polarized lenses are useful to Minnesotans, particularly those that spend time on out lakes in the summertime and winter when the daylight displays off water and ice. They can be useful when driving. As for seeing colours, polarized lenses enable them to stay vibrant by reducing out glare.
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How necessary is the darkness of lenses?
“That’s a private choice,” Hemann stated.
The UV safety stays the identical, nevertheless gray-tinted lenses will seem darker than amber/rose tinted. Additionally missing significance is the worth you pay. The sun shades at a fuel station provide simply as a lot as safety as a designer model.
Simply since you’re carrying sun shades doesn’t imply it’s best to skip carrying a hat. Hats can defend from UV rays getting across the frames and into your eyes, whereas additionally providing shade to your pores and skin. And simply since you’re carrying a hat doesn’t imply it’s best to skip carrying sun shades.
“Due to the reflections off the water or the snow, that may nonetheless trigger harm, these rays are nonetheless mirrored [into your eyes and face],” Hemann stated.
Whereas it’d really feel just like the solar is harder on our eyes within the night as a result of it’s nearer to the horizon, the UV index is definitely at its highest throughout noon, and it’s particularly stronger through the summer season months due to how the earth is tilted towards the solar.
Dr. Hemann added that carrying sun shades on a cloudy day stays necessary. UV rays can undergo clouds and trigger sunburn, that means they’ll additionally harm eyes.
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Sun shades additionally do extra than simply defend your eyes. Dr. Hemann stated 5% to 10% p.c of pores and skin cancers develop on eyelids.