Photo Credit: Christian Bendek
Today, Tuesday, June 27th is National Sunglasses Day, a holiday that went viral last year and is the perfect day to show off your sunglasses, not to mention your other new summer essentials! This is The Vision Council’s fourth annual National Sunglasses Day, and to celebrate I’m sharing with you my shades from Kingsley Rowe. Summer is here and even though we waited close to 6 chilly-to-frigid months for it, it’s here to stay!
What most people tend to forget is the importance of sunglasses, and not because they tend to make you look good, hide your bags under your eyes or the fact you had a good time the night before, but their sole purpose is actually to protect your eyes from UV.
What is UV you ask?
The sun emits three kinds of radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. While UVC is absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, UVB radiation is only partially blocked and can burn the skin and eyes. UVA rays are not filtered and cause the most damage to vision health, according to the World Health Organization. Direct sunlight is not the only source of danger from UVA and UVB radiation: both types of rays reflect off surfaces such as water, snow, sand, concrete and even buildings, which can increase exposure levels.
Protect your eyes with a pair of UV-protective shades and avoid: trouble seeing, sunburn of the eye, irritation and cancer , all of which are symptoms American adults report experiencing after prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays, according to a survey by The Vision Council.
Join me and get involved by grabbing your favorite pair and posting a selfie on your social media channels with the tags #SunglassSelfie and #NationalSunglassesDay!
This post was created in partnership with The Vision Council.