Tom Cruise defined sexy-cool in his Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses during the 1986 hit Top Gun. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ iconic oversized look was courtesy of her Nina Ricci 3203’s. Schwarzenegger sported Gargoyles ANSI Classic in the Terminator series, declaring “I’ll be back.” Holly Bonner, (that’s me) of Blind Motherhood, likes to rock Julbo Sherpa Glacier sunglasses! Whatever your eyewear pleasure; put em’ on because June 27th is National Sunglasses Day!
Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry. The Vision Council works with members to help them become successful in the eyewear marketplace through education, advocacy, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums. An annual awareness event, the Vision Council promotes National Sunglasses Day – June 27th – as a commemorative date celebrating the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV)-protective sun wear and eyewear. The day reminds us all about the importance of good ocular health across the lifespan!
The Benefits of Eye Protection:
Sure, sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some potential effects on the eyes for UV exposure include:
- Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.
- Macular degeneration, resulting from damage to the retina that destroys central vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
- Pterygium, a tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism.
Still not convinced?
- Wearing sunglasses regularly can also prevent premature aging and facial wrinkles from the sun’s harmful rays.
- Sunglasses reduce eye strain and headaches by limiting the amount of light that reaches eyes, increasing comfort and preventing the painful side effects of fatigue.
- Sunglasses help prevent dry eye by acting as an effective wind barrier and reducing the evaporation of natural moisture to help keep eyes comfortable.
- High quality sunglasses dramatically reduce glare to provide safer, more comfortable vision. Polarized lenses are particularly effective at shielding eyes from dangerous reflections.
Remember, 25% of an individual’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation occurs before the age of 18. Getting your children into the habit of wearing sunglasses is key. When shopping for sunglasses for your family, look for brands that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation! It’s never too early or too late to start protecting your eyes!
Social Media & National Sunglasses Day:
Help The Vision Council celebrate National Sunglasses Day by sharing the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunwear and eyewear on your social media! It’s easy! Just share this post and snap a selfie! Don’t forget to include the hashtags #NationalSunglassesDay and #SunglassSelfie. Tag #Blindmotherhood so I can see your pics!
To help the blind/visually impaired feel equally included in the event, add the letters “PD” (Picture Description) after your photo and describe the glasses you are wearing and where you’re wearing them.
Together, we can help promote good eye health! Check out www.nationalsunglassesday.com for more information and to download free posters and materials! I challenge you to embrace your inner celebrity today! Make your fashion statement and share your favorite pair of shades with #BlindMotherhood!