Overlooked Summer Risk Accelerates Aging
You hear the warnings every year as summer rolls around. Don’t get too much sun on your skin, protect yourself from ticks and other biting insects, avoid overheating and dehydration.
But there’s one summer risk that’s often overlooked. And it’s a critical mistake. Because this risk can accelerate the aging process in one of your most important assets, our eyes.
Your eyes are among your body’s most delicate tissues. And they take a daily beating just by doing their job. The ultraviolet light bombarding your eyes generates huge amounts of damaging free radicals. That’s why the antioxidant levels in your eyes’ tissues are so high. Your eyes need major league protection.
In the summer, when the sun’s light is more intense, ultraviolet damage is even greater. The bombardment can be so intense your natural defenses can’t keep up. Without extra protection, this can actually accelerate the aging process in your eyes.
And ultraviolet light isn’t the only danger. Short wavelength light, or “blue light”, also contributes to eye damage. It’s summer sun’s double-whammy.
The first step in protecting your eyes is simple. Wear sunglasses. But not just any sunglasses will do. Here’s what to look for when buying sunglasses.
Forget how dark the lenses are. Darkness is not a measure of protection. In fact, the coating that blocks UV light is clear. So many light-tented lenses may protect your eyes more effectively than dark ones.
Look instead for “100% UVA and UVB protection.” Glasses may state this on their label, or say “ANSI Z80.3” (the industry standard for UV protection) or list “UV 400” protection.
“UV 400” glasses also block damaging blue light.
Darkness doesn’t protect you from glare, either. To get the best protection from glare, choose polarized lenses. This is especially important if you spend a lot of time around water. Water reflects a lot of light and increases glare.
Brown, green and gray lenses distort colors less than other shades. They also provide better contrast. So, for driving, these color lenses are best.
Not all lenses, even those with great protection, are created equal. Coverage makes a big difference, too.
For the best protection, look for the fullest-coverage lenses you can find. Wraparounds may not be the height of fashion, but they provide the best protection.
Watch out for cheap glasses made with lenses stamped from a mold. Ground-and-polished lenses cost more, but the difference in quality is worth it. You’ll see much more clearly through a quality lens.
If you wear contacts, you can get lenses that offer UV filtering. But be aware that you’ll want non-prescription sunglasses to wear over these lenses. Contacts don’t protect your entire eye.
During the summer, it’s particularly important to nourish your eyes, too. Vitamins A, C and E, along with zinc, are the basic eye health combo. These powerful antioxidants all contribute to eye health. But be sure to add lutein and zeaxanthin as well.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotinoids, vitamin A “cousins, that make up 100% of your macular pigment. This pigment is critical to central vision and detail. Getting plenty of lutein and zeaxanthin can help promote healthy central vision.
Egg yolk, spinach, zucchini and kiwi fruit, along with dark green, leafy vegetables, are all good sources of these two nutrients. You’ll also find them in some vision supplements.
Yours in good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team