May is designated healthy vision month by the National Eye Institute NEI. When you go outside in the bright sun’s ray you protect your skin and you also need to be just as careful with your eyes.
A healthy diet chock full of carrots, bell peppers, strawberries, pumpkin, corn and cantaloupe will give your eyes and an ample supply of vitamin A and C. Two major carotenoids lutein found in dark leafy vegetables and zeaxanthin is found in brightly colored fruits and found only to be in trace amounts in today’s diet. These two carotenoids act as the “internal sunglasses for the eyes.” or photoprotectors and photoreceptors which are responsible for the central and peripheral vision.
A pair of sunglasses doesn’t need to be pricey to protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays. Wearing a hat and sunglasses all year long is the best way to protect your eyes from UV damage. Polarized make all of the difference when you are hiking, on the boat or playing sports and just sitting in the sun or filtered sun such as under some trees. Not all pricey sunglasses should be considered polarized, for instance Oakley Straight Jacket Sunglasses don’t.
Glacier glasses are sweet for those who go hiking in the mountains, glaciers and lest we forget the lakes in the mountains can throw off some serious glare. Snow blindness is serious. Make sure you can barely see your eyes when you look in the mirror with the sunglasses on. You want to be able to filter out intense sun and glare. On the boat the light is brighter and reflecting of decks, water, windshields and sails. Constant squinting results in headaches from fatigue. Hazy days produce glare too, and can overwhelm your sensitive eyesight. It’s blinding and hiding what is behind the clouds, major sun. Regular sunglasses help but they don’t filter out the glare like polarized sunglasses do.
Sunglasses can reduce sunlight intensity 80 to 90-percent with a darkening lens even gray or amber. “A polarizing lens has a film of molecules running parallel vertical chains sandwiched between two optical lenses.” The chains block horizontal light waves and only the vertical light waves can pass through. These light waves are also known as “ambient light” which are scattered evenly and filter off the glare. This effect plus a tinted lens makes it easier to identify visual detail.
Gray, is a good all-around color lens that provides good contrast, no color distortion, and good for on water and driving.
Purple/pink, Best color for snow, fog, bass fishing, sport shooting, extreme sports and skiing. But has the worst distortion of colors.
Brown/amber, increases contrast in most of the conditions. Excellent light management on rainy or cloudy days. Good for high contrast.
Green, enhances vision for certain light situations like sight fishing and everyday use.
Yellow, the lens reduces the part of the blue spectrum which causes a scattering of blue light, also known as “blue haze.” Best for snow, fog, but worst for distorting colors.
Your eyes are forced to work overtime to correct the visual information resulting in fatigue and headache. The distortion can be corrected by using prismatics-check the label. Curved, refract or bend the light so it is not coming straight into your eye. The inside layer of a good lens has an antireflective coating to reduce bouncing glare.
Top sunglasses for fishing and boating
Maui Jim Waterman, great for boating at high speeds and doesn’t allow the wind to creep underneath the lenses and left them off of your head. The headband strap works double time for this.
Oakley Wind Jacket, has a snap-in gasket that turns the sunglasses into goggles. Great for cruising at high speed so they don’t get swiped off of your face. Hydrophobic coating keeps the water from streaking them. Good in high and low light conditions.
Wiley X, what makes Wiley X so good is the special patented Facial Cavity Seal. Dust, pollen and wind cause eye irritation, fatigue and dry eye. This feature is a blessing on the water. Wiley X Valor Black Ops are high performance, meet US military specifications, as well as OSHA standards, for combat protective eyewear. They come with shatterproof lenses that are photo-sensitive and that adapt to the light conditions.