Monthly Archive: February 2016

Cadillacs and Cataracts

All this talk about sun exposure and the benefits as well as properly protecting yourself from the dangers has been mostly talk about skin exposure. While we believe some sun exposure is great for the human body and that we should allow some of it to absorb into our skin, we also believe that protecting ones eyes should be a priority.


Walking outside into a bright sunny sky can feel really good on your face. It can also cause you to be temporarily blind. Long-term exposure to UV rays on the eyes can lead to cataracts and other eyesight damaging disabilities.


Many people enjoy wearing sunglasses on a day-to-day basis for pure fashion sense. I see them around town trying to look super cool or hip. Many of your modern day hipsters are wearing bright colored sunglasses that are usually given away during promotions.


The art and style of wearing sunglasses has been around since the early heyday of Hollywood. Movie stars popularized the use of sunglasses and the mainstream culture soon caught on.


Eventually, major manufacturers began mass-producing high-end sunglasses. Marketing and technology of new and improved visual experiences soon came along and the trend began.


High-end sunglasses usually come with a price for a few reasons. They have perfected the art of the shaped or curved lens without the effect of visual distortion. This has taken a few years and a few of the larger, well known companies have the patents on the technology.


Polarized lenses came about in the 1980’s, which allowed fishermen to see clearer through the glare off of the water. Today polarized lenses are marketed as high-end sunglass features that are often time unnecessary for the casual sunglass wearer.


But the real problem with sunglasses isn’t forgetting to wear them at all. The problem is wearing a pair of sunglasses made in a place like China. A pair of sunglasses that doesn’t have the proper amount of UVA protection can be more harmful than wearing none at all.


Protecting your vision from the sun’s rays goes further than just providing a shade. You need a proper lens that is actually capable of filtering out the harmful rays from the sun.


When I see hipsters wearing a cheap pair of sunglasses, all I can think is how much they are potentially damaging their eyesight.


What happens when you wear a pair of these is two fold. First, the glasses are tinted to allow the pupil to dilate. Instead of having to squint, you are now allowed to relax when you walk into the sunshine. The pupils that would normally close down to allow less light through are now shaded. Once they are shaded they begin to dilate. The major problem here is that the lens doesn’t block the harmful rays from entering into your pupils.


Now that your eyes are more open to the harmful rays the cheap sunglasses cause more UVA and UVB rays to penetrate the areas of your eyes that they were actually intended to protect.


The bottom line here is don’t buy cheap sunglasses manufactured in some unknown, far away land where we don’t know what their manufacturing processes are. I only buy high quality eyewear from a trusted company with known contacts inside the United States. My eyes are worth more than a cheap pair of sunglasses.

Organic or Inorganic Sunscreen?

When we go into the supermarket, department store, or local pharmacy looking for sunscreen things can be overwhelming.  There are so many choices and so much industry terminology and jargon out there that it’s really hard to decide which type of sunscreen is best for you and your family members.  Back when I was employed by I spent a lot of time in the sun.  Being an outdoor guy that worked with old and weathered roofers all day I certainly wanted to try and protect myself as much as possible from the damaging rays and overexposure.

I’m all about getting healthy amounts of sun exposure, but for those who spend lots of time outdoors either during recreation or because they work out in the elements, it’s essential to add some sun protection to your daily regimen.  Sunscreen provides protection from the sun’s harmful rays ass well as protecting it from burning.


How to Be Sure You’re Getting Proper Vitamin D

As we all know now, we get copious amounts of vital vitamin D from sun exposure.  How you get that vital vitamin depends on a number of factors.  What most people don’t understand or know is that you don’t have to burn or tan in order to get the essential amounts of vitamin D from the sun.

Several factors will influence how much your body produces from sun exposure.  People who live closer to the equator will obviously get higher amounts of exposure to the UVB rays in which our bare skin needs in order to produce vitamin D.  Lighter skinned people also produce more than darker skinned people do.  Simply stated, if you take longer to tan, your body needs more sunlight in order make vitamin D.