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  • Writer's picturePatrick Allen

4 Reasons Everyone Who Lives Near the Beach Needs Quality Sunglasses!

For many people, the beach is a place to relax, soak up the sun, and have fun. But it's also important to remember the dangers of prolonged exposure to the sun, especially when it comes to your eyes. People who live near the beach or spend a lot of time there should be especially mindful of protecting their eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation with quality sunglasses that provide the proper UV protection.

Why is UV Radiation Harmful to Your Eyes?

UV radiation from the sun can cause serious harm to your eyes. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can lead to a number of eye conditions, including:

  • Cataracts: A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye that can cause vision problems and even blindness. UV radiation is a leading cause of cataracts.

  • Macular Degeneration: This is a condition that causes damage to the center of the retina, leading to vision loss. UV radiation is a risk factor for this condition.

  • Photokeratitis: This is a painful condition that is sometimes referred to as "snow blindness." It occurs when UV radiation damages the cornea and causes eye pain, redness, and sensitivity to light.

  • Pterygium: This is a growth that can form on the white of the eye, close to the cornea. Pterygium is more common in people who spend a lot of time in the sun and can cause vision problems if it grows too close to the center of the eye.

How Sunglasses Can Help Protect Your Eyes

The good news is that you can take steps to protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation. Wearing sunglasses is one of the best ways to protect your eyes from the sun. When choosing sunglasses, look for a pair that provides 100% protection from both UVA and UVB radiation. Wraparound sunglasses or large-framed glasses can provide even more protection by blocking UV radiation from all angles.

In addition to wearing sunglasses, you should also take other precautions to protect your eyes from the sun. For example, you can wear a wide-brimmed hat or a cap to provide additional shade for your eyes. You can also seek shade when the sun is at its strongest, typically from 10 am to 4 pm.

Living near the beach can be a wonderful experience, but it also comes with its own set of risks. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause serious harm to your eyes, including cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis, and pterygium. By wearing sunglasses and taking other precautions, you can help protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation and enjoy the sun safely. So next time you head to the beach, don't forget your sunglasses!

In need of sunglasses? The Ojos Del Mar Eyewear Gallery in Tamarindo, Costa Rica carries over 120 styles of frames fitting for every face and occasion. Our stylists are standing by to help you find the perfect frame.

About the Author: Ojos Del Mar is a world class eye care clinic and eyewear gallery in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. They specialize in comprehensive eye care, dry eye and keratoconus treatment, prescription eyewear, in-house lens finishing, contacts, and custom or hard to fit contacts. To schedule an appointment or learn aout the clinic and their 1:1 eye exam donation program, click here.


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Hi, I'm  Dr. Roya!

I'm an Optometrist with extensive experience and expertise in the fields of dry eye, eye comfort, keratoconus, speciality contact fitting, and comprehensive eye care.


As a globally recognized professional in my field, I shifted my focus in 2023 towards sharing my knowledge and skills with other practitioners in order to help the greatest number of people. To achieve this goal, I have established Ojos Del Mar, a concierge eye care clinic located in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, where through a multi year Advanced Fellowship training program, I impart my knowledge to licensed Costa Rican optometrists, assisting them in enhancing the quality of eye care available to the people of this beautiful country. 

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