Preventing Wrinkles: Wear Proper Fitting Sunglasses
The right pair of sunglasses can help prevent wrinkles around the eyes, cataracts, skin cancer and possibly macular degeneration. Wearing the wrong sunglasses will allow harmful UV rays to seep onto your skin, into your eyes, and can also allow sand and allergens to affect your eyes as well.
2 Types of Eye Wrinkles
- Expressive wrinkles are seen as “crow’s feet” at the corners of the eyes and become visible when someone smiles. Life involves using facial expressions, and when you smile and this contracts the muscles around your eyes…well, eventually wrinkles will become more pronounced. Don’t stop laughing and smiling….a good life = a few crinkly lines.
- Static wrinkles are often seen under the bottom eyelid and are more pronounced when smiling, but are also present when you are not smiling. Going outside without proper sun protection causes sun damage. The sun damage will eventually breakdowns the collagen and elastin in the skin causing static wrinkles around the eye orbit, and the rest of your face. It is important to remember that the area around the eyes is very thin compared to other areas on the body, and has a very small dermal volume. It tends to age more quickly with fine lines and decreased elasticity, so protecting it from UV rays is very important.
Choosing the Right Color Lens
Darkness and Color of your lens is important to understand. Just because a lens has a very dark lens color doesn’t mean it’s blocking out the harmful UV light. If the sunglass lens is too dark, then the pupil which controls how much light gets into the back of your eye will open up and let more light in. This can be dangerous if the sunglasses you are wearing are not rated to block UV rays, then you could be letting more UV light into the back of your eye. This can lead to cancer, and cataracts. It is important to make sure the sunglasses you are wearing provide 100% UV protection. This should include both UVA and UVB rays.
Optometrist Recommend Getting The Right Fit:
- Choose a frame that matches the width of your face……*You do not want the glasses up to close to the face so that they are touching the eyelashes….*You also don’t want them pushed way out to far away from the face
- Proper fitting sunglasses should lines up with your eyebrows, so that half or less of your brows can be seen above the frame.
- Look to see that your eyeballs are centered in each lense
- The bridge of the glasses should sit comfortably on your nose. If the bridge is too short, the sunglasses will sit too high on the face; if it is too wide, the sunglasss will droop too low down on the bridge of the nose.
- Choose frames that offer the highest degree of curving and molding to the face.
Final Take Away
Sunglass lens color and degree of darkness have nothing to do with a pair of sunglasses’ ability to block out harmful UVA & UVB rays. It is best to choose frames that wraparound or are close-fitting, with wide lenses that protect your eyes from every angle. Optometrists prescribe some contact lenses that offer some UV protection, but they should always be worn in combination with UV sunglasses to maximize eye protection. Sunglasses and sun screen protection are two of the best weapons to prevent sun damage if you like to be outdoors.
Don’t forget to apply a retinoid to help cell turnover at night, with a good eye cream.