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Why you should always wear your sunnies

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G'day Raiders,

Just wanted to let you know why you should always be wearing your sunnies outdoors, even if the sun doesn't bother you.

If you're not bothered by the sun, it is still damaging your eyes. Conditions such as pterygium, cataract and macula degeneration are all in part made worse by the sun. The later two are caused by long term sun exposure, so the effect won't show until you're older. As an optometrist I see these conditions every day. Wearing sunnies doesn't mean you won't ever get them, but research shows there's less chance and it won't be as severe

Another reason is physical protection, if a fish spits a hook under tension, flying fish hooks and eyes definitely don't mix.

Also as most of you probably know polarised sunglasses allow us to see beneath the water surface allowing us to see structure and sometimes fish.

When buying sunglasses, the don't have to be expensive to offer good protection. As long as the swing tag says they're Category 2 or 3 (the Australian standards) they should offer sufficient protection. The difference is Cat 2 offer medium sunglare reduction and Cat 3 offer high sunglare reduction. Most sunglasses sold are Cat 3

I wouldn't wear sunnies without these classifications outside has they may be doing more damage to you eyes than not wearing them. Reason is just coz a sunglass is dark doesn't mean it is blocking out UV radiation. This is the radiation that does most damage to the eyes. If you wear sunglasses without UV block , your eye's pupil enlarges (coz it's darker) thereby allowing more UV light in.

The lenses are generally made from plastic, polycarbonate or glass. Plastic lenses are the cheapest. Polycarb are the most impact resistant and lightest, but are also the easiest to scratch. Glass lenses are the most scratch resistant, but are heavier and can smash if dropped.

thanks for reading (if you made it this far)

richard

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Thanks for that Richard. A lot of useful info in there and I'm sure it'll help a lot of people out.

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Thanks Richard and I have just had cataracts removed because of the sun :sun: I have pinned this post for all to see

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Good solid info. Good on ya for posting.

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Nice one Richard , you said everything I couldn't.

Thank you

Andrew

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Yep I am having cataract surgery next month

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Apart from being a good practice some of us need to wear glasses all the time, if you wear normal glasses in the sun you will know why good quality polarised sunnies are absolute gold.

Great story great info.

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All that and you look cool as, in your wrap around mirrors holding the trophy fish ;)

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I used to buy BlackIce Polarized and UV400 sunglasses from the souvenir shop in Nelson Bay. Cheap one's that don't have a frame on the side and at the bottom of the lens, because I want extra wide view. Unfortunately they don't have them anymore and I've run out of stock. Anyone who knows where to get them, could you please PM me where ( Region Sudney - North )

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Great information there

As an optometry student, I also couldn't stress the importance of sunnies

You wouldn't leave without your sunblock/hat and you also shouldn't leave without your sunnies as well!

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On the question of whether we should wear sunglasses - it looks like the "eyes" have it!

But seriously, any opinions out there on whether the Cancer Council sunglasses meet these UV standards?

Cheers

Jim

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Macular degeneration is the thing to really worry about, and everyone should have some idea of the symptoms. Cataracts can be fixed in 10 mins nowadays which is good, but you wait a year to get them fixed unless you want to pay. Much easier to wear the sunnies, prevention is better than cure!

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On the question of whether we should wear sunglasses - it looks like the "eyes" have it!

But seriously, any opinions out there on whether the Cancer Council sunglasses meet these UV standards?

Cheers

Jim

Hey Frag,

I'm pretty sure the Cancer Council sunnies meet UV standards. All you need to do is look at the swing tag, it should say Category 3, this is the Australian Standard

cheers

richard

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Thanks for posting this info Richard. I'm always looking for (and buying) polarised sunnies without really understanding what I'm actually buying. With the info you have laid out I now get it. Appreciate you taking the time to share with fellow Fishraiders.

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Excellent post, I dont leave the house without a pair of pollys, I have one on the bedside table, one in the glove box and usually one on my head!

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I always have my Maui Jim's on when in the boat.

 

great information and advice

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I also highly recommend you attach a spec cord to your sunnies, the type that  loops around your neck, coz when you lean overboard to pick up that 1m+ kingy your sunnies can easily slip of into the ocean. Learn from my experience. (the losing the specs bit not the 1m+ kingy)

Richard

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I agree that cord is important - that's how I got rid of my previous sunglasses.

I was avid supporter of Cancer Council polarized sunglasses for years until I accidentally compared them  with other relatively cheap polarized sunglasses on a polarization testing mirror  in a prescription store. 

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