Although most people wear sunglasses for their aesthetic value, sunglasses have a lot more to offer than this. From protecting your eyes to reducing the risk of accidents, sunglasses are a must for extreme outdoor activities.
Here are 4 reasons you should always wear sunglasses or riding glasses while participating in extreme sports.
Sunglasses Can Allow Better Visibility
Our eyes don’t work any differently from the camera. There is a certain concentration of light at which our retina works best. Our retina can contract and expand to ensure this ideal concentration of light. When there’s more incoming light than needed, it contracts, decreasing the aperture and blocking some of the extra light and vice versa.
But your retina reacts to changes in a light quite slowly. When you’re outdoors, and in the sun, some areas in your vision are much brighter than others. The result is that your eyes can’t find an ideal aperture that would work for the entire field, and you’re left either not being able to see the very bright or the very dark.
Wearing a pair of sunglasses can help with this. Sunglasses and especially riding glasses can decrease the brightness of the brightest areas, allowing your eyes to adjust the aperture better and allowing you to see better. American Bonfire sunglasses uses polarization to improve visibility, ensure better vision, and reduce the risk of accidents.
UV Rays Cause Damage to The Eyes
UV rays are highly energetic photons in the electromagnetic radiation spectrum that penetrate your cells and damage your DNA. The buildup of this damage in the eyes is the leading cause of the age-related decline in visibility. UV rays quite literally make you blind.
This is even more concerning for you if you stay outdoors in the sun for more than one hour every day. But, wearing a pair of sunglasses with a UV rating can protect you from these harmful effects of the sun.
Sunlight Can Age You Under-Eyes
Baggy dark skin under the eyes is one of the first visible signs of aging. Having puffy eye bags alone can make you look a decade older. The damage to your skin cells and their DNA caused by UV rays plays a pivotal role in the development of baggy under-eyes. Dark circles are also worsened by UVB light and even high-frequency visible light.
This is a cause for concern since your eyes are the most defining part of your face. Sunglasses can block sunlight from reaching your under-eyes, causing skin DNA damage and promoting the development of wrinkles and dark circles.
American Bonfire sunglasses have a rating of UV400, which blocks almost 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.