National Sunglasses Day is June 27 – learn more about protecting your eyes
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It’s important that you have the right sunglasses. According to a survey by The Vision Council, although 75% of American adults report being concerned about UV eye exposure, only 31% report wearing sunglasses every time they go outside. Learn how you can protect your eyes from UV exposure here.
National Sunglasses Day, sponsored by The Vision Council, is commemorated annually on June 27 to raise awareness on the importance of wearing shades to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Top 5 things you should know about UV eye protection
Despite the importance of always wearing UV-protective sunglasses while outside, many people are still unaware of these key points regarding UV eye protection. Follow these guidelines recommended by The Vision Council.
- Despite the health risks of UV exposure, not all sunglasses have UV protection. Since UV protection is crucial to shielding eyes from damaging radiation, it is imperative to look for a label, sticker or tag indicating UV protection before purchasing a pair of sunglasses.
- UV protection has nothing to do with the darkness or color of a lens. Wearing sunglasses with dark lenses without adequate UV protection can actually be worse than wearing no sunglasses at all because they cause the eye’s pupil to dilate, which then increases retinal exposure to the unfiltered UV.
- Children receive three times the annual sun exposure of adults, increasing their susceptibility to UV eye damage. And, unlike the mature ocular lens of an adult eye, a child’s immature lens cannot filter out UV as easily. The need for UV protection for children is compounded by the fact that it is easier to find youth sunglasses that do not provide adequate UV protection. That’s why parents should always have their children‘s sunglasses tested for UV protection.
- UV rays are just as dangerous on cloudy days as they are on clear days. Just like skin, eyes can accumulate harmful UV radiation on overcast days so be sure to wear proper eye and skin protection while outside.
- Similar to cloudy days, cold days also carry UV risk. The sun is present year-round, which means UV rays are a constant regardless of weather. UV rays can’t be seen, but their long-term effects are extremely damaging to the eyes.
Celebrate National Sunglasses Day on June 27 by posting a photo with your favorite sunglasses, tagging @TheVisionCouncil, and using #NationalSunglassesDay and #SunglassSelfie. For more information, visit nationalsunglassesday.com.