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Use sunglasses for vision protection starting at an early age

June 24, 2015

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Mithun Pandit
August 21, 2015

Well written blog. Thanks a lot for sharing.

July 6, 2015

You shared some informative tips on protecting eye-vision. My younger son don’t like to use sunglasses. Is there any idea protect eyes from rays.

Shamim Reza
July 4, 2015

I used sun glass, when I go outside of house.

Viajes a la India
July 4, 2015

I am totally agree with you that sunnglases protect the ultra-violet rays , Thanks for sharing an informative blog.

July 2, 2015

Thanks for sharing an informative post! Most of us take our eyesight for granted until it’s threatened. A lot of eye and vision problems can be avoided by taking proper precautions. Eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants like leafy, green vegetables and fish is also an effective way to maintain healthy eyes and good vision.

Irene Yonng
June 29, 2015

I didn’t know that the ultraviolet rays would damage our eyes like that until i read this article. I think i need a pair of sunglasses now.
On condition that, an research showed that if people expose to ultraviolet light for a long time, the body can secrete a kind of signaling molecules which can make them feel cheerful: endorphins,
just like heroin and other drugs, which can cause physiological dependence, drug resistance and similar addiction behavior in rats and mice. So, for our health, we should not pursue sun blindly.

June 26, 2015

Nice Blog!!!
Thanks for sharing this great information in blog. The body is an exceptionally complex machine and needs the right care and support to get the best results.

Alan Fair
June 25, 2015

I was led to believe that ordinary glass filters out the ultra-violet rays? For example the car windscreen does this?

June 25, 2015

I have no doubt that there are some effects from UV to the eyes..but there is no scientific evidence that wearing sunglasses at an early age will prevent problems later in life.

For thousands of years our ancestors marched along without sun glasses..they squinted when it was bright outside naturally.

I rarely wore sunglasses as a kid in California and really didn’t start wearing them on a regular basis until I was in my late 30’s..I’m 61 now and still don’t need glasses to see or read

Did not wearing them make it that my eyes made it this far without problems? Had I worn them would I have had problems?

We don’t know do we…arbitrarily saying kids should always wear sunglasses without science backed evidence is questionable advice IMO.

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