Sunglasses: How Important Are They?

Over the past couple of weeks, the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre has been focused on the topic of eye care. We’ve paid particularly close attention to protecting the skin around your eyes because, after all, skin protection is one of our specialties! In last week’s blog, we highlighted the need to maintain a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, use sunscreen and wear sunglasses - all in the name of keeping both your eyes safe and your appearance youthful.

In today’s blog, we’d like to pay little closer attention to that last piece of advice. Sunglasses make us all look cool, don’t they? As you’re likely aware, they serve a much greater purpose than simply being attractive accessories. Shades protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays and not enough can be said about how important such protection is.

Believe it or not, eyelid cancer is a thing.

We all know that melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer. So, as a result, most of us apply sunscreen regularly and/or wear hats and long-sleeved shirts to avoid being overexposed to the sun. However, the skin around our eyes is among the most sensitive and delicate on our bodies. Naturally, it deserves special attention. Our eyelids – an area where we often miss putting sunscreen – is susceptible to cancer without proper protection.

“Eyelid skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma, account for 5 to 10 percent of all skin cancers,” reports Dr. Rene S. Rodriguez-Sains for the Skin Cancer Foundation, “Most occur on the lower lid, which receives the most sun exposure. BCCs make up about 90 percent and SCCs 5 percent or more of all eyelid cancers, while melanomas account for 1-2 percent.”

How do sunglasses protect our eyes?

Your shades cover your eyes, helping to reflect the sun’s rays away. As Venkatesh Vaidyanathan explains on, good sunglasses are incredibly effective “light conditioners”. Essentially, they modify the incoming light that reaches your eyes.

“There are two fundamental ways that we see colour,” he writes, “Direct light goes straight from the light source (e.g., the sun) to your eyes. Too much direct light can wash out the details of your surroundings and make it almost painful to try to focus your vision on any one thing. Reflected light, usually in the form of glare, is light that bounces off a reflective object before entering your eyes.”

You have two and a half weeks left to take advantage of our eye product promotion!

We understand that you can’t wear sunglasses all the time. So why not use products that help in protecting the skin around your eyes? Until the end of August, the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre will be featuring a special promotion on all Alumier and Vivier eye products. Come in to our clinic and receive 10% off any Alumier or Vivier eye product of your choice. Those products include Vivier’s GrenzCine™ Eye, Alumier’s Retinol Eye Gel and AluminEye®.

Don’t miss out on your chance to save on all of these products! For more information about our special offer, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818 or email amlvc(at)

Posted: August 13, 2019

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