Why You'll Never Catch This Celebrity Without Sunglasses

An Important Lesson For You and Me

Most people recognize Mia Hamm because of her outstanding career as a professional soccer player.  But many people in the eye care industry know her for a different reason.  And it’s not nearly as pretty.

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A Big Problem Off the Field

According to an article in the January issue of Eyecare Business, Mia Hamm spent her career playing outdoors without sun protection.  After years of doing this, she noticed dry eyes and sensitivity.  Her vision got worse.  Her loss of night vision scared her.  As her symptoms worsened, she couldn’t even go outside due to eye pain.

She was diagnosed with pterygium, an eye condition that can cause pain, inflammation, light sensitivity, and visual changes.  One risk factor frequent exposure to the sun’s UV rays.  Pterygium affects millions – some studies estimate as many as 25% of people in warmer climates are affected by it.

Mia would eventually require two surgeries to correct her condition.  In my experience, patients that require this surgery are not happy about it.  It can be incredibly painful and slow to heal.

What You Can Do

If your eyes are in perfect shape then it pays to do everything you can to keep them that way.  Make sure you include regular eye care to preserve your eye health and visual lifestyle.

And if they’re not, you need help.  If you have any of these symptoms, consult your trusted eye doctor today:

  • Eye redness
  • Eye pain or sensitivity
  • Light sensitivity
  • Loss of vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Dry eyes

These and other symptoms can be very distracting.  And, if left untreated, sometimes surgery is the only option.  So I wasn’t surprised to learn that Mia is now very careful about protecting her eyes and her children’s.

Now, she is a spokesperson for Coppertone Lenses by Vision Ease.  She says her sunglasses go everywhere she goes.  And she equates eye health risk to skin cancer when referring to the damage that can be caused by the sun.

Ultimately, she admits she learned a hard lesson.  As I write, her latest tweet (@MiaHamm ) states, “I learned the hard way about sun protection for the eyes. Now I wear #CoppertoneLenses.”

You Can Learn From Mia Hamm

Take responsibility for your eye health and make sure you and your loved ones have a premium pair of polarized, UV blocking sunwear to protect your eyes.  If you have the opportunity, add blue light protection for maximum effect.

If you’re living the visual lifestyle, it’s one simple but very effective way to keep your eyes healthy for a lifetime.

Question: Has sunlight ever bothered you?  What did you do about it?  Please leave a comment below and join the discussion.

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If you experienced Winter Storm Jonas you may still be digging yourself out.  As you venture out to escape your cabin fever, forgetting your sunwear may be more than an inconvenience.

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Winter Wonderland

After the storm, I wasn’t stuck shoveling two feet of snow.  Still, my family and several teenagers were stranded at my house for a few days.  Sunday we were able to get out and get everyone home safely.

When we left, my wife forgot her sunglasses.  Because the world was still blanketed with snow, the sun’s rays were amplified so much it hurt her eyes.

She only forgot them once.  She was so uncomfortable the first time, she made sure she had her sunwear before we went out again.

Has this happened to you?

We don’t realize how much we rely on something until we have to do without it.  Many people think their sunwear is a fashion accessory.  That is, until they forget them.

Many people also think sunglasses are for sunny, summer days.  But there are plenty of reasons to wear them in the winter, too.  Although the sun’s rays (and UV output) may be diminished in the winter, they’re magnified by snow and ice.  This effect can be uncomfortable, compromising both your vision and safety.

Here are several things that magnify the sun’s effects.  Don’t forget your sunglasses if you encounter any of them:

  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Pavement

Here are my favorite types of sun lenses and sunglasses, for summer or winter:

Polarized – for clear vision and reduced glare.  Think about a window with either a tint or blinds.  The tinted window dims the light but still lets it all through.  The blinds can be closed halfway, blocking half the light (and glare).  Polarized lenses work in the same manner, and must be experienced to be appreciated.  Your trusted eye doctor should have demo lenses that allow you to see the difference between standard tinted lenses and polarized sunwear.

Transitions – for convenience.  Transitions let your clear glasses become sunglasses outdoors.  You can even get them polarized (Transitions Vantage). I still recommend dedicated sunwear for my patients, but Transitions lenses are a great way to customize your clear pair.

Blutech Outdoor – for blocking UV rays plus high energy blue light.  Both types of sunlight can be damaging to the eyes, but many lenses only protect against UV light.  And while you’re at it, invest in a pair of Blutech Indoor lenses for your computer, another major source of high energy blue light.

Maui Jim – for eye health.  Maui Jim has places your eye health at the top of their list.  All of their lenses provide excellent clarity and detail.  But they also block both UV and high energy blue light.  Currently, my favorite pair of sunglasses are Maui Jims.

Sunglasses can be fun and fashionable.  And that’s good.  But for the long term, think of sunwear as premium protection for your eyes.  They are a staple of living the visual lifestyle, so make sure you own one or more pairs.

Question: Have you ever tried premium sunwear?  How did it help you?  Please leave comment below.

Stay tuned for my next post, where I’ll introduce someone you know who makes sunglasses a priority.  It’s not who you think, and the reason may surprise you.