Now’s the Time for Sourcing Wholesale Sunglasses
by Claudia Bruemmer
With so many bright, sunny days ahead in spring and summer, it’s the season for buying wholesale sunglasses, caps and sun visors. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but did you know they are also necessary for good eye health? Doctors give two reasons for wearing sunglasses: health and comfort.
From a health standpoint, it’s important to keep all ultraviolet light from getting into your eyes or on your eyelids and the skin around them. For comfort and vanity, we know it’s not a good idea to squint. Your eyes are sensitive to brightness and glare. By cutting down on glare, your vision is better when you’re driving or doing anything else outdoors. But besides all that, sunglasses can be a great fashion statement. They make you look cool and add pizzazz to any outfit. Ever notice how movie stars always wear sunglasses?
Protecting the skin around your eyes with UV-filtering sunglasses is a good way to prevent skin cancer. From a comfort perspective, polarized lenses are very effective for blocking glare. However, they can be inhibiting for people playing golf and other outdoor sports.
It is smart to look for sunglasses that block out 99 percent of ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays. While purchasing your sunglasses from a doctor’s office will guarantee getting a pair of sunglasses that are effective in protecting your eyes from ultraviolet rays, some low-cost sunglasses are also effective in screening out ultraviolet rays. Below are the top five reasons for wearing sunglasses and tips for healthy eyes.
Top Five Reasons for Wearing Sunglasses
- 1. UV Protection. The sun’s UV radiation can cause cataracts, benign growths on the eye’s surface and snow blindness, which is temporary but painful sunburn of the eye’s surface. Wide-brimmed hats, visors and caps can block about 50 percent of UV radiation from your eyes but for complete protection, you need sunglasses.
- 2. Skin Cancer. Cancer of the eyelids and skin around the eyes is more common than you would think. People should wear sunglasses outdoors whether they are working, playing sports, taking a walk, running errands, driving or any time they’re out in the sun.
- 3. Macular Degeneration Protection. Long-term exposure to the blue and violet portion of the solar spectrum has been implicated as a risk factor for macular degeneration, especially for individuals that are sensitive to the sun.
- 4. Comfortable Vision. The sun’s brightness and glare interferes with comfortable vision and a person’s ability to see clearly by causing squinty, watery eyes.
- 5. Dark Adaptation. If you spend 2 or 3 hours in bright sunlight, this can hamper your eyes’ ability to adapt quickly to indoor and nighttime light levels. This makes it hazardous to drive at night after spending the whole day in the sun without protection.
Tips for Healthy Eyes
- 1. Wear sunglasses any time your eyes are exposed to UV light, even on cloudy days and in winter.
- 2. Buy quality sunglasses that offer good protection. Sunglasses should block out 99 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation and screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light.
- 3. Buy only sunglasses with lenses that are color matched and free of distortion and other imperfections.
- 4. Purchase gray-colored lenses. Grey reduces light intensity without altering the color of objects in the environment, thus providing a natural color vision.
- Ensue your children have protective sunglasses as they typically spend more time outdoors than adults. Even babies can be fitted with baby sunglasses.
Tip for wholesale sunglasses buyers: now is the time to source for the best choice of styles and colors as well as delivery in time for the selling season.
Claudia Bruemmer Bio
Claudia Bruemmer was the first Managing Editor of ClickZ (1998-2001) and Editor of Search Engine Watch (2007-2008). Claudia’s articles are published on iMediaConnection, Search Engine Guide, BruceClay.com and TopTenWholesale.com. She authored a Fundamentals of Search Engine Marketing course for the Search Engine Marketing Organization (SEMPO) and edited SEMPO’s Advanced Search Engine Marketing courses. Claudia is currently Chief Editor of the TopTenWholesale Newsroom and also freelances in writing and editing online at www.claudiabruemmer.com.