Do Sunglasses Cause Cataracts?

Do Sunglasses Cause Cataracts?

Many modern medical authorities believe– and proclaim to their clients– that not wearing sunglasses can harm your eyesight and actually contribute to the inception and growth of cataracts.


Why? Because at least 70 – 80% of sunglasses sold today are of very poor quality and offer little, if any, protection from the UV rays of bright sunlight. My optometrist, whom I trust explicitly, has recommended that I tell my clients to always purchase UVA and UVB protection sunglasses rated at 100%.

Sunglasses, as they are now manufactured and marketed around the world, may actually do more harm than good for your eye health! Fear of UV damage to the eyes is a primary marketing tactic used to sell millions of pairs of cheap sunglasses which do not give adequate protection against UVs.

Most sunglasses do just the opposite. Rather than protect your eyes, when you put on shades, or go into the dark, your pupils dilate. Dilated pupils are wide open to more UV rays.

Inferior sunglasses merely darken the environment without providing adequate UV protection. Thus, inferior sunglasses compound the danger and the damage, creating a big market for cheap dark glasses, as well as for cataract treatment and surgery.

When you learn how to take more light into your eyes with some of the Bates Method activities, your eyes adjust naturally. Photophobia is relieved and you enjoy more sunlight and brightness.

While I am not qualified to offer medical advice, I suggest that should you elect to wear sunglasses, that you purchase 100% UVA and 100% UVB rated sunglasses.

As for my personal experience, I have not owned sunglasses since I corrected my eyesight with the Bates Method almost 25 years ago. Instead, I use hats, caps with vision and sun visors, and I do not resort to wearing sunglasses. Maybe if I were snow skiing, water skiing or spending all day on the beach or outdoors in bright sun, I might obtain and wear a good quality pair of sunglasses.

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