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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Protecting Your Eyes In The Outdoors

Protecting your eyes while in the outdoors is a very important thing to do. Many times we forget how important a pair of sunglasses can be. The glare of the sun can not only harm your eyes and burn your skin, but it can also cause problems such as headaches. A decent pair of sunglasses can help alleviate most all of these problems. You can literally get a pair of sunglasses almost anywhere; just remember that you get what you pay for. If you spend five buck at the local convenience store, you're going to get about five bucks worth of protection.

Many people say things like, "I would never spend $100 on a pair of sunglasses!" As a matter of fact, that's exactly what I used to say. Then I got tired of the cheap sunglasses that I bought breaking and just not working properly. So I finally broke down and bought a decent pair of sunglasses for $100. They are the best sunglasses that I've ever had, and do you know what? I've had them for 10 years! If you amortize that, it's ten bucks a year! Over time, I've actually spent less on $100 sunglasses, who would have thought that?

So, when it comes to protecting your eyes in the outdoors, you may want to consider spending what seems to be too much money. In the long run, it pays off and your eyes are better protected. How about polarized sun glasses? Polarization can help in any outdoor situation where there's a lot of glare, such as hiking in snow, skiing, all water sports, and of course fishing. You see, polarization on the lenses, cuts through that glare, which not only protect your eyes, but in the case of anglers enables them to see under the water. This, of course can be a huge advantage to anglers. When it comes to polarized sun glasses, the same rule applies…you get what you pay for. Not to mention the fact that a cheap pair of polarized sunglasses can cause vicious headaches (I know this from experience as well).

The bottom line is that we all need to protect our eyes when we're in the outdoors. Not only that, but we get what we pay for, and over time, even expensive ssunglasses really aren't that expensive.

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