As soon as your eyes open in the morning, they are put to work: checking the time, finding your whereabouts, finding the way to the bathroom and the coffee machine. For glasses wearers, of course, the first step is putting on your glasses – and those who are blind have a completely different experience of the world. World Sight Day on the 14th of October is also dedicated to these topics, this year according to the motto “Love Your Eyes”. This is something we can totally get on board with – after all, it’s our mission to pamper your eyes with beautiful frames and high-quality lenses.
Hearing, touch, smell, taste – humans have many senses, but our eyes are the central element that connects them all. You see the door before you touch it, you know whether the apple is ripe before you bite into it, and even if you hear the siren, you don’t know exactly where the fire brigade is coming from until you look. In our image-heavy times, the visual sense of power plays an even more important role. After all, we connect via Instagram, book hotels based on photos and find our peer group via our shared love of Netflix series. Not an easy time for the visually impaired.
There are almost 350 million blind and severely visually impaired people worldwide. However, for a large proportion of them, the visual impairment could have been prevented if they had had access to clean water, medication or surgery. But 90% of those affected live in developing countries – and there, as blind people, it’s easier to get caught in a vicious circle of poverty and hopelessness. The main causes of blindness are cataracts and glaucoma, river blindness caused by worms, the bacterial disease trachoma and vitamin A deficiency.
How can I protect my eyes?
But it is not only in Africa, South America or Asia that serious eye diseases threaten – we Europeans should also visit the ophthalmologist for a check-up every two years at the latest to keep our precious eyesight. Unfortunately, only one in three does this regularly. You neither? Besides medical checks, there are other means of preventing eye diseases. The absolute must-have to protect our eyes is a good pair of sunglasses with a certified UV filter, because UV rays damage the retina as well as the cornea in the long run – cataracts or macular degeneration could result. And investing in blue light filter glasses is also an investment in healthy eyes: the blue HEV light emitted by screens, TVs and mobile phone displays not only makes the eyes tired and dry, it can also affect sleep. And sleep is known to be an important regeneration time for the body.
Visual aid or style booster? Both!
The ultimate all-round carefree package for your eye health is available from our own brand VOOY. Here you can always get your new favourite glasses in a double pack: sunglasses + reading glasses, sunglasses + blue light filter glasses, prescription glasses + prescription sunglasses – you name it! As a special extra, VOOY glasses already include non-prescription blue light filter lenses. If you need prescription lenses, you can easily add the blue light filter, as well as a higher UV filter or self-tinting lenses. This means that there is a suitable model for every occasion and every day – so you are free to explore the “Vision of the Other You” according to VOOY’s motto. Take a look and make sure that your eyes stay healthy with high-quality glasses and sunglasses. Love your eyes!