Thursday, June 27, is National Sunglasses Day! This annual campaign, organized by the Vision Council, brings awareness about the importance of wearing sunglasses. Sunglasses don’t just make you look cool—they could also save your eyesight!
Research has shown that extended exposure to the sun can lead to the development of several sight-threatening diseases, including skin cancer around the eye area. Even on cloudy days, wearing sunglasses or any form of UV eye protection is vital because the sun’s rays are still strong enough to cause lasting damage. Luckily, you can find just about any style and price range imaginable, which means that finding the perfect pair is within eye’s reach. Here are four reasons why you should wear sunglasses more often.
Sunglasses with complete UV protection can reduce your risk of cataracts, which are a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. According to the National Eye Institute, more than 50% of people over the age of 75, and even some younger than that, suffer from cataracts. Aging and other factors cause proteins in the eye’s lens to clump together, forming cloudy areas that interfere with light passing through the eye to the retina. Wear sunglasses whenever you’re outside as an additional preventative measure.
2. Skin Cancer
The skin around your eyes is highly sensitive to sunlight—nearly 10% of skin cancer is found near the eyes. That’s why it is important to buy sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV rays—UV protection is just as vital to your eyes as it is to your skin.
3. Irreversible sun damage
The redness and discomfort experienced in minor stages are reversible. However, according to Dr. Daniel Lopez, O.C., at EYE-Q, the yellowish deposit is irreversible and can worsen throughout your lifetime, leading to scarring or even cancer.
4. Children are at higher risk of UV eye damage
Adults aren’t the only ones whose eyes need protection. Children need protection, too. According to the American Optometric Association, children take in three times more UV exposure than adults—up to 80% of their lifetime exposure occurs by age 20.
Add your favorite pair of sunglasses to your go-to accessories and prevent UV eye damage. Need to find a new pair? Call EYE-Q Vision Care at (559) 486-2000 to set up your appointment today.