Glare can cause serious eye problems if you are in the water long enough often enough.
I have used all kinds of eyewear in the surf and find that sealed goggles are no good. . . . they fog and seem to affect balance. Ordinary sunglasses or proper surf eyewear which drains is best and can be a big advantage on very brght days as more wave detail can be seen (as well as protecting your eyes)
Unfortunately any eyewear is useless as soon as it gets oil wax or grease on the lens and this is a problem which I haven't cured.
Instead I use a Gath visor so that when I am not actually riding the wave I can get out of the glare by sliding the visor down somewhat like an awning, this works very well.
If the problem is just salt stinging your eyes then it could be that you are wearing a sunblock which isdissolving and getting into your eyes.
You won't find me saying anything bad about boogy boarders, they are surfers just like the rest of us.