Making the most of life outdoors
About 80% of the information we receive comes through our eyes – and that information is often essential for our well-being and our enjoyment of outdoor activities. Discover how sunglasses can help you drive more safely, play sports more efficiently, and generally make the most of your outdoor life.
Protecting our eyes should be a natural reflex whenever we go outdoors. By wearing the right pair of sunglasses, we not only help preserve our sight in the long term; we also protect our eyes against external irritants such as dust and offer respite against glare. In other words, sunglasses mean we’re safer and more efficient in our outdoor activities, and that can be crucial when driving in bright sun or skiing in the high mountains.
Everybody need protection from UV
Your exposure to UV rays depends on your lifestyle and activities. If you work outdoors, you will receive UV doses 5 to 10 times higher than someone who works indoors. And if you live at altitude or spend time in the mountains, you are also more exposed, as UV increases by roughly 10% for every 1000 meters (3300 feet) of height gain.
Furthermore, certain categories of people are more at risk of eye damage than others. Children are more at risk as their eyes are not as well adapted to withstanding UV rays. Their pupils let in more sunlight and their crystalline lens is clearer, meaning it filters light less efficiently. Overall, some 80% of all UV exposure occurs before the age of 18. Protecting children’s eyes can therefore significantly reduce their risk of eye problems in later life.
Older people also tend to have more fragile eyes because of long-term exposure to the sun, and should therefore pay particular attention to wearing sunglasses when they are outdoors.
Enjoying the outdoors without bright light and glare
Bright light can be a hindrance to our enjoyment of life outdoors. If you’ve ever eaten on a terrace in direct bright light, you’ll know how unpleasant it can be: your eyes become tired and irritable, and you may even develop a headache.
You probably also know that feeling of being dazzled by light reflected off a window or a mirror: for a brief moment, you are forced to squint and can’t see properly. This phenomenon is known as glare. It occurs when multiple light waves are reflected off a surface into a single horizontal plane, producing a intense, blinding light. Glare is a well-known problem for drivers when light is reflected off the road, but it can also be an annoyance in daily life, when light rebounds off the ground, the pavement or a body of water. By wearing suitable sunglasses, you can reduce the impact of both glare and bright light on your eyes.
Make sure you’re at your peak
The right pair of sunglasses will help you get the most out of outdoor life. Whether your main concern is protecting your eyes against pollen and insects while gardening, reducing bright light and glare for skiing, or you just want the best eye care for your children, you will find a range of sunglasses to suit your specific needs.
All year round, think of your eyes in every situation. Look after them whenever you go outdoors and you’ll see the benefits both now and in the years to come.