No matter if it’s cold or hot, sunny or cloudy, summer or winter, the sun’s UV rays are always at play. American adults report experiencing trouble seeing, sunburnt eyes or eyelids, irritated eyes, red or swollen eyes, wrinkles around the eyes and even cancer on or around the eyes after prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. And, according to a recent survey by The Vision Council, while nearly 28.2 percent of American adults say their no. 1 concern about UV eye exposure is vision loss, 27 percent report they don’t typically wear sunglasses while outside. What’s more is, while children generally receive about three times the annual adult dose of UV, 12.6 percent of American adults report using nothing for eye protection from the sun for their child(ren). In addition, only 5 percent of American adults report their child(ren) “always” wears sunglasses.
But with so many awesome styles available, there’s no reason to not wear sunnies every time you and the kiddos step outside. Just make sure you’re looking for the sticker, label or tag indicating UVA and UVB protection, and don’t be afraid to start a collection of protective and stylish sunnies to ensure you always have a pair to complement any ensemble or keep up with any activity. Additionally, The Vision Council encourages everyone to have an annual eye exam with an eyecare provider and talk about their UV eye protection needs.
For more information on UV protection, visit thevisioncouncil.org/uv.
Want to show off your shady style? Join in on the National Sunglasses Day celebration, taking place annually on June 27th by posting a #SunglassSelfie on social media and tagging #NationalSunglassesDay. For more information on how to get involved, visit nationalsunglassesday.com
When considering purchasing a new pair of sunglasses, keep the below in mind:
- Protection – Sunglasses with lenses that offer UVA/UVB protection should be the most important consideration when purchasing a pair of sunglasses.
- Daily activities – Individuals should consider each aspect of their lifestyle and choose sunwear accordingly.
- Comfort – The more comfortable the sunglasses are, the more likely individuals are to want to wear them!
- Style – Sunglasses are not only a health necessity, but also a fashion accessory. Individuals should choose sunglasses that coincide with their unique personal look.
Common UV Protection Questions Answered:
- Does the darkness of the lenses equate to higher UV protection? However, 39.4 percent of American adults believe it does. Dark lenses without adequate UV protection can be worse than wearing no sunglasses at all because they cause the eye’s pupil to dilate, which then increases retinal exposure to unfiltered UV.
- Do all sunglasses offer UVA/UVB protection? Since shielding the eyes from damaging radiation is crucial, it is imperative to look for a label, sticker or tag indicating UV protection before purchasing a pair of sunglasses.
- When do UV rays affect the eyes? UV radiation is present year-round, despite the season or weather. So it’s important to wear proper eye and skin protection while outside during daylight hours.