National Sunglass Day

We all know of the harmful effect the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can have on our skin, but we often forget about our eyes. Sunglasses have taken off as a great fashion accessory, but more importantly, sunglasses are a major health necessity. Sunglasses protect our delicate eyes from UV rays. Without proper protection, UV rays can lead to eye damage and more damaging, cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. Of the reported cases of cataracts, 20% are due to prolong exposure to UV rays.

So how do you know if you are protected? When looking for sunglasses, you want to make sure that the pair you select don’t just “absorb UV” but protect you from 100 percent of both UVA and UVB lights. This is an important distinction to look for or to ask your eye care specialist about. It is recommended that you wear sunglasses during all daylight hours, not just when it’s sunny. Don’t let those clouds fool you; the sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds.

And sure, polarized lenses are great for reflecting the sun’s glare, helping you to see more clearly, but polarized does not mean UV protected. If you are looking specifically for polarized lenses, make sure to ask if they are also UV protected.

Today is National Sunglass Day, a date celebrating the importance of wearing UV-protective sunwear. Post a selfie of yourself in your sunglasses to any social media using #NationalSunglassDay and help us spread the word of the importance of protecting our eyes.

And while you’re here, take a look at our extensive collection of sunglasses, all 100 percent UVA and UVB protected.