HOUSTON (CBS Houston) It’s summer time and for many, it’s a great time to sport sunglasses. Did you know that when you wear sunglasses, you are not only making a fashion statement but you are protecting your delicate eyes?

Check out ways you can claim your style and still make (healthy) sense while under some shades!

1. Research shows that there is a direct link between the exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight and the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). So when you go to purchase your sunglasses, make sure you are getting quality sunglasses that will be able to protect your eyes from those harmful rays of the sun. If you purchase a quality pair of shades then those shades will have the ability to protect your eyes. Also, did you know that when you wear your shades, you are also protecting the skin around your eyes? Before I go out into the sun, I place a dab of protective cream around my eyes and then place my shades on. Not only do your eyes need TLC but the skin around those eyes need love too!

2. When you are looking for the”coolest” in your shades, you are also fighting off glare. We have all had those times in which we have had tremendous glare from something or some kind of light. A great pair of shades fights off that glare. Whether those summer glares come from sand, water automobile windshields or something else, the potential for extremely bright reflections are high and can be higher in the summer months. So fight back by looking sexy as well as sensible with a great pair of shades.

3. When you wear your sunglasses, you are also protecting your eyes from debris. Take for example that day you are walking along the beach and a random beach ball from a party up the trail hits the sand right in front of you after someone misses the catch. That sand will be thrown up into your eyes, unless you are wearing your sunglasses. So wear them to keep the sand as well as other debris from your eyes. Your shades act as a barrier. The tighter the fit of your glasses, the better your shades will be at keeping debris out of your eyes.

4. Wave goodbye to the headaches and strain! I don’t know about you, but I seem to keep a headache during the summer. Sometimes it’s from straining hard in the sun and sometimes its from sinus pressure as I leave an air-conditioned area only to walk right smack dab into some brightness, heat and humidity.

Show love to your eyes this summer! (Photo Credit: Jason Kirk/ Getty Images)

Show love to your eyes this summer! (Photo Credit: Jason Kirk/ Getty Images)

Sunglasses can really help cut down on that headache as your eyes transition from being indoors to heading outdoors. Perhaps you can place your shades on inside before you hit the sun outside. The pupil of your eye controls how much light reaches the light-sensitive retina in the back of the eye. So if there is dim or darker light, the pupil increases in size and in brighter light, the pupil decreases. Help your eyes transition smoothly by giving them protection if you are like me and headaches tend to take up residency with you during the summer months.

Do you have additional tips for sunglasses and their use as well as protection? Share them as you enjoy related video below!


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