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By Ugochi Obiajunwa

Just like the skin, our eyes are susceptible to the damage from too much exposure to the sun. The skin around your eyes, including your eyelids, is among the thinnest and most sensitive on your body, making it particularly vulnerable to wrinkling and age spots from excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are several kinds of eye damages that can be caused by too much exposure to the sun. So yes, you’re Nigerian, but you also need a good pair of shades. Here’s why you should not ignore this message:

  1. Prevents Skin Cancer

Firstly, since up to 10 percent of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid, protecting the skin around our eyes from the direct light of the sun is very important. Sunglasses can do that.

  1. Reduces The Risk Of Cataracts

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports worldwide shows that approximately 900,000 people are blind because of cataracts  (cloudiness in the lens of the eye) triggered by UV exposure. The risk of developing cataracts can be diminished by wearing sunglasses with UV protection.

  1. Prevents Macular Degeneration

Over time UV light may play a role in damaging the macula lutea (an area of the eye with millions of light-sensing cells, which allow us to see fine details clearly), potentially leading to blurriness and vision loss. Thus wearing sunglasses help a lot.

  1. Keep Away Pinguecula

A pinguecula is a non-cancerous eye growth, often painless, on the white part of the eye that can develop in everyone from kids to seniors. This can occur in anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, especially in a dry climate, without protecting the eyes from harmful UV rays is at risk. Thus, wearing sunglasses can again prevent this from happening.

So there you have it… A good reason to splurge on sunglasses this season!

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