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Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays While Running

Protect Your Peepers When on the Run

After a Winter of being cooped up indoors, daylight saving has arrived, the weather is warming up, and I can't wait to get outside for regular runs in the sunshine! But besides being dangerous for your skin, increased time in the sun can be bad for your eyes, too — UV exposure can lead to cataracts and glaucoma. I wear sunglasses while I'm walking to work or outdoors on the weekends, but I completely space when it comes to wearing them on a run. To tell the truth, I dislike wearing them when I'm out on a run — plus, a good pair can cost just as much as a good pair of running shoes! Besides, I wear contact lenses that advertise UV-A and UV-B protection, so I'm set, right?

Wrong. After a recent trip to the eye doctor, I found out my contacts aren't enough protection because they only protect the part of the eye they cover, leaving the rest exposed to the harmful rays. A closer look at my lenses' packaging revealed this:

"UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area."

I wear a hat when I run on super-bright days, but since sun still gets in my eyes, I figure it's not providing me with 100 percent protection. Aside from running in the dark (which isn't the safest option), it looks like I'm resigned to learning to deal with sunglasses. And if you have a suggestion for a great pair to try, let me know!

Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
I always wear sunglasses when I run — just some cheapies that fit snugly on my face. They're also good for vanity purposes: hide your face when you're wearing no makeup, and it prevents wrinkles because you're not squinting in the sun as you run!
llamawich llamawich 7 years
What about swim goggles with uv protection, worn looser? :P
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Oakley Half Jackets. Love. Them.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
i was actually worried not just about the fact that some sunglasses are very cheap, but that they are sold with labels that claim to have uv protection, but indeed can be nothing but darker film and that's it. just like sunscreen, very few of them actually protect from UVA properly
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I got a pair of sunglasses from NVM expo - only $20.00. It is not any name brand, but it's very light, comfortable and stay on my face during my run. I saw them in almost all of the expo that I go.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I wear a baseball-style hat with a big brim but I'll need to wear sunglasses too?
ojodeazul ojodeazul 7 years
I second the request for recommendations, I usually just wear a hat, but this post has made me thing.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
what do you think about sunglasses from forever 21 and h&m? would they give any protection even though they state they do?
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