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There are many reasons to wear sunglasses, and everyone has one of their own. Whether it is to mask those tired eyes, create mystery or escape the paparazzi, sunglasses are a part of everyday life. However, often the true benefits of this popular accessory are lost when fashion or other purposes take over. It may not be your only reason, but your best reason for sunglasses should be to protect your eyes.

Summer time is the most dangerous season for your eyes. You are at least three times more likely to cause serious damage to your eyes in the summer than you are in the winter. This is because the sun produces three times more ultraviolet radiation in the form of UVA and UVB rays during the summer than any other season.

The sun is out in full force during the hot summer months, and most people like to spend their free time outside when they can. The light and heat of the midday summer sun is enough to leave anyone reaching for the sun protection cream. So if you are so protective of your skin, why wouldn’t you be equally concerned about your eyes? Summer is the most important time for sunglasses to be worn.

Having said that, winter sports enthusiasts should also be aware of the necessity of wearing sunglasses. (see Sports Eyewear).