Monday, Jun 27, 2022 is National Sunglasses Day, so grab your favorite pair of sunnies and celebrate!
Many people think sunglasses are little more than a fashion accessory or a way to minimize glare while driving.
But the truth is that wearing sunglasses is vital if you want to safeguard your eye health and vision.
Why Sunglasses are Important
The number one reason to wear sunglasses is that they prevent ultraviolet (UV) light from entering your eyes.
UV light has been shown to age every part of the eye, from the delicate outer eye tissue to the tiny structures within the eye itself. Chronic UV exposure raises your risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and corneal damage.
The skin on your eyelids is the thinnest skin of your body, and UV light exposure can further thin eyelid skin, leading to premature aging and the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags. Additionally, wearing sunglasses can help prevent wrinkles because you’ll squint less in the sunshine. Who knew sunglasses can be a key player in your anti-aging routine?
Moreover, UV light has been shown to slow the cornea’s ability to heal itself, making sunglasses a medical necessity for people who’ve recently had eye surgery like LASIK, or those who frequently wear contacts (overwearing contacts can irritate the cornea).
Finally, sunglasses are a fun way to show the world your personality and accessorize any outfit.
Activities for National Sunglasses Day
Not sure how to celebrate National Sunglasses Day? Here are a few ideas you may enjoy.
Sport your favorite pair of sunglasses during an outdoor activity, whether it’s a barbecue with friends, a concert at a stadium or time spent in the park.
You can also celebrate National Sunglasses Day by gifting a pair of quality sunglasses to a friend, spouse or child!
No matter how you choose to celebrate National Sunglasses Day, we hope you enjoy and keep your eyes protected.
For all matters related to eye health, Regional Eyecare in O'Fallon / Winghaven is here for you. Contact our eye doctor today!
FAQ With Our Optometrist
Should kids wear sunglasses?
Yes, children of all ages should wear sunglasses whenever they’re outdoors. In fact, it’s crucial because a child’s crystalline lens within the eye is much more clear than an adult’s, letting more light through. Contact us to learn more about kids’ eye health or to schedule an eye exam.
Can sunglasses block blue light?
Sunglasses with lenses that have a yellowish tint offer the most amount of blue light protection, from the sun and other sources. If you're interested in blocking the blue light that’s emitted from your digital devices, speak with us to determine if computer glasses are right for you.