Sunglasses are preferred with the warming of the weather and the arrival of the summer months. At that time, experts who warned citizens that choosing poor quality glasses sold on the street vendor could cause problems that negatively affect eye health.
Ophthalmologist Op. Dr. Lütfi Seyrek stated that the sun’s rays emit some rays that the eye cannot see in a way that can be harmful to the eye in both summer and winter months. He stated that the harmful effects of these rays increase with the steeper summer months and the sun’s rays, saying, “The sun’s most emitted rays are ultraviolet A and B rays. Our eyes can detect the wavelengths of the ultraviolet rays they transmit not see. But we are about to be exposed to these lights. It can cause certain diseases in the long run and in the long run. The simplest of these can cause the disease known as “meat that catches the eye. It can cause cataracts to form. It increases the risk of developing yellow spot disease. It also causes some diseases of the surface of the eye and complaints such as redness of the eye when exposed to direct sunlight. “Direct exposure of the area around the eyes to ultraviolet rays can cause wrinkles on the eyelids, deterioration of the skin structure, and even tumors and masses in the eye in the future. That’s why it’s important to wear sunglasses when we are exposed to the sun in summer or winter.”
“The brand and color of the sunglasses doesn’t matter”
Lütfi Seyrek said that everyone should wear sunglasses and said: “There are basically 2 standards that we should pay attention to when buying sunglasses. It must have a property that blocks UV A and B rays, which we call UV 400 protection. We should definitely ask the place where we bought it. In addition, TSE or CE certificates are required. The meaning of these certificates means that they are produced in suitable conditions, environments, according to certain standards. In short, when we pay attention to these two, the brand and color of the sunglasses we buy does not matter. It comes certified with UV 400 protection and must be purchased from an optician. It certainly should not be sold outside or bought on the street,” he said.
“The color of the glasses does not change the protection”
Pointing out that one of the points that citizens pay attention to is the lens color, since sunglasses are also used as an accessory, Op. Dr. Seyrek said: ‘The color of the glass has nothing to do with protection. Glass can be black, brown, gray, pink. The color of these goggles does not change the protection. They only help us to perceive colors, to distinguish between our ability to choose the environment, which we call contrast. For example, the color with the best contrast sensitivity is amber or brown. It can be beneficial for us to choose dark lenses, especially on high hills or in environments where we are more exposed to the sun. But these do not provide direct protection. One of the other question marks is “should my sunglasses be polarized?” Polarization is the method of reflecting incoming light in a special way, using microcrystals. It doesn’t necessarily have to be polarized. Polarizer is not directly related to sunscreen, but especially if motorists use polarized glass, they will see more comfortably because the light is reflected less.
Explaining that the quality of sunglasses cannot be understood from the outside, ophthalmologist specialist Lütfi Seyrek said: “If the company does not give us a certificate, we cannot understand much about it. Only the lenses of the sunglasses can be placed vertically or horizontally. The simplest test would be, we took the sunglasses and looked at a vertical line. If there is a skew or skewness in the vertical line, it means that the lens placement is wrong and it is a poor quality sunglasses. If the glass is made with this technology in vertically placed sunglasses, it will not cause discomfort. This would of course be the simplest test we could do, provided we get it from an optician.”
Optician Muhammed Berkay Çaylak, on the other hand, stated that the demand for sunglasses increased with the start of the summer season and said, “There are citizens who buy their sunglasses under the stairs because of the prices. The main thing here is that it comes from opticians. I want citizens to know that UV protection is not found in glasses sold under the stairs and causes eye diseases. Because original sunglasses have UV 400 protection, both certified and approved by the Ministry of Health. If they get help from a specialist, it is most appropriate in terms of health and eye anatomy.”