First of all, I'd like to wish everyone a...
HAPPY NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY!
“Sunglasses can give you instant James Dean cool, Audrey Hepburn glamour, or the rock star hipness of Bono. But they are much more than a fashion accessor.”
- Web MD
“The facts about blindness are chilling. By the age of 80, more than half of Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.”
- Jeremey Laurance, The Independent
While many of us consider sunglasses to be a super cool accessory – they’re a lot more than that. Whether you realize it or not, sunglasses actually help protect your eyes from UV rays. And while it may not seem like it’s making THAT big of a difference at the time, wearing sunglasses does make ALL of the difference. Over time, the more UV rays that hit your oh-so fragile eyes, the more damage done.
For starters, lets go a little bit more into what UV rays even are!
WHAT ARE UV RAYS?
UV stands for ultraviolet. Ultraviolet rays are rays of
energy that come from the sun; these rays help assist us take in vitamin D and
helps grow our immunities to certain diseases.
Not to mention, without UV rays, bees couldn’t use their UV ray vision
to pollinate flowers. And without pollinated flowers, we’d have no honey! (UV rays are a good thing.)
WHY ARE UV RAYS KNOWN TO BE BAD?
UV rays are bad when we don’t take the proper precaution from them. It’s our job to protect not only our skin from the sun, but also our eyes! UV Rays don’t only cause your skin to burn, but over-exposure can also cause your eyes to burn too. That’s right - You can actually get sunburn on your eyes. UV rays can also cause general eye pain, temporary blindness, blurred vision, cataracts, pterygium and macular degeneration.
Sunglasses are starting to sound A LOT more than just an accessory, right?
BUT WAIT – Just because you have sunglasses DOESN’T mean your eyes are protected! You have to get the right kind.
What kind of sunglasses should I get?
Try to find sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays! If you can’t find any that block that high of a percentage, try to find a percentage EXTREMELY CLOSE to 100%. The darkness of the lenses do not play a difference in the protection your eyes receive, so feel free to get light or dark colored sunglasses. The bigger your sunglasses are, the better! There’s more area of your eye being blocked with bigger sunglasses, so feel free to go for those buggy-eyed looking ones! ;)
Catch you on the flip side,