It is well understood that sunlight damages our skin, and we know that we need to wear long sleeves and sunscreen to avoid sun damage. Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) light and this is what does the damage.

Ultraviolet (UV) light can be harmful to the eyes. Prolonged exposure to UV light can damage the cornea and retina, leading to conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis (a painful condition often referred to as “snow blindness”). Snow blindness is very painful and can take days to recover.

To protect the eyes from UV light, it is recommended to wear protective eyewear such as sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays when spending time outdoors.

Another benefit of wearing sunglasses (that meet Australian Standards) is that you have created a barrier between your eyes and the environment and any dangers that may be present. For example, while mowing there can be low-hanging branches, flying rocks, or twigs.

Other injuries that I have observed patients obtain while gardening include impact injuries from flying debris while whipper snipping and mowing, and penetration injuries from spiky leaves penetrating the eye (cycads particularly). People are also known to get fungal infections from working in the garden (though these have been rare in my experience).

The benefits of wearing sunglasses include blocking the UV light from entering your eyes. While also protecting the skin around your eyes from UV light too. They are a barrier from impact injury and can also meet medium impact standards in both Australia and New Zealand. If you purchase them through us at Safety Glasses Online.

Here is the link to the standard medium-impact safety glasses options:

While if you need prescription sunglasses then you just need to select the prescription safety frame that you like and select the lens type option of polarised, transitions (which is photochromatic and changes color when exposed to sunlight), or even the tint option (which has an 85% grey lens color all of the time).

Here is the link to the prescription safety frames: