A Complete Sunglasses Guide
Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in Ireland All Year Round
For some, sunglasses are an accessory, dusted off for use when going on a sun holiday, or for the garden or local beach when the sun decides to show itself during the spring and summer months. And once these times are over, said sunglasses are packed away until the following year or flight away.
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For me sunglasses are more than an accessory, and for years I’ve I worn sunglasses out and about in Ireland, all year round, from spring to summer, autumn to winter. The only thing that stops me wearing them is when the rain is too heavy. And even then, once the rain has eased off, my sunglasses are back on my face in a flash.
This article will explore the reasons why you should wear sunglasses in Ireland all year round along with:
- Top 5 Health Benefits of Wearing Sunglasses in Ireland All Year Round.
- Types of Sunglass Lens and Their Benefits
- How to Find the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses
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Top 5 Health Benefits of Wearing Sunglasses in Ireland All Year Round
There are a number of reasons to wear sunglasses with good UV protection in Ireland, all year round. And to get you thinking on the matter, here are our top five:
- Good Quality Sunglasses protect your eyes and eye area against the sun’s UV rays. Yes the sun shines brighter in spring and summer months. But the sun’s harmful UV rays, which include the main types UVA and the stronger UVB (Ultraviolet B), can penetrate cloud cover and can bounce off surfaces such as water, snow and even pavements. UV rays can increase the chances of cataracts and skin cancer. And there are no safe UV rays at anytime of year. Therefore it’s wise to wear sunglasses in Ireland all year round.
- They protect your eyes from harmful Blue Light. Did you know that Blue Light has a number of health benefits that range from mood elevation to growth and development. However Blue Light has a darker side, because sometimes too much of good thing can be bad. Sunlight is the main source of Blue Light, other sources come from manmade technology such as digital screens and even LED lighting. And because Blue Light penetrates through to the retina, it has over time the power to cause retinal damage and vision problems. So another great reason to pop your sunglasses on when you’re out and about.
- Sunglasses protect your vision both indoors and outdoors. Without sunglasses, one might find themselves squinting to see, or blinded by the light. Both summer and winter sun have been instrumental causes of accidents, from walking to driving. Sun glare is dangerous, and wearing sunglasses can help. Sunglasses also help your eyes adapt and adjust, from the bright outdoors to the darker indoors – again protecting your vision, keeping you safer than not wearing them.
- They protect your eyes and eye area from the elements. Could your sunglasses have special powers? They certainly protect your eyes from the four elements of western culture: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water! Earth represents sand and soil that can scratch your eyes, which can take up to years to heal properly. Wind carries dust that can irritate your eyes. Fire represents the sun that carries harmful rays. And water, well water reflects the sun’s rays, and when frozen, so too does snow!
- Sunglasses help protect against the premature aging of skin. Wrinkles, crinkles and crows feet are caused by facial movements, and in time, as we age, we’ll all be susceptible to them. But why hurry them along? Managing sun damage and squinting won’t eliminate the inevitable but by wearing sunglasses in Ireland all year round you are slowing those little lines down – And looking great whilst doing it!
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Types of Sunglass Lens and Their Benefits
When it comes to choosing your sunglasses always aim for sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays. And when it comes to coloured lenses you’ll have a choice of nine or more colours, from grey that help reduce light intensity to brown which help block Blue Light. This article from Lentiamo, one of Europe’s leading contact lens and sunglasses stores, explains which coloured lens will suit you and your lifestyle most.
However the material of your sunglasses is also an important factor to consider when choosing your perfect pair of sunnies. Not only do they need to match your lifestyle, when it comes to the likes of durability but also your visual health.
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The Four Main Lens Types
1 – Glass lenses are th