Be “Safety Smart” with Style on National Sunglasses Day 2021!!!
Posted by: West Georgia Eye Care Center in Uncategorized on June 24, 2021
This Sunday, June 27th, is National Sunglasses Day!
The day recognizes the importance of sunglasses for their role in protecting eyes and eyelids from the dangers of UV radiation. Damage from exposure to ultraviolet radiation is widely known for increasing risk for skin cancer. The delicate skin of the eyelids is an area that is highly susceptible to skin cancer (such as: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma). Wearing sunglasses marked “100% UV protection” or “UV 400” offers the best protection from both UVA and UVB rays. This is an important first step in preventing cancer of the eyelids.
Baby Blues –
Cancer can also occur in the interior structures of the eye, including the iris (the front-colored part of the eye), and the retinal pigment epithelium (the reddish-brown layer underneath the retina). Protecting those baby blues, greens, browns or hazels from the sun’s UV radiation is another benefit from wearing sunglasses. That protection can also be a trendy accessory and style statement! But the protection isn’t limited to cancer prevention!
Simple Protection –
The lens of the eye which brings the world into focus is also sensitive to UV radiation, which increases the risk of developing early cataracts, causing cloudy or blurred vision. Although modern cataract surgery is minimally invasive and effective at restoring vision there can be increased risk factors for younger patients. Delaying your need for cataract surgery may be as simple as remembering your sunglasses.
Risk Reduction –
Another essential interior eye structure that is sensitive to UV radiation is the retina, particularly the central vision area known as the macula. The delicate cells of the macula can be damaged by looking directly at the sun (never view the sun directly!), and also by long-term exposure to UV radiation. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, and while sunglasses cannot prevent the disease they are recommended for reducing risks.
So, between now and Sunday, June 27th, take a picture sporting your favorite shades and post it on social media with #nationalsunglassesday and #wgecc! Finally, if you are looking for the latest sunglass styles visit us at one of our 2 locations at 2616 Warm Springs Road or 6600 Whittlesey Blvd, and receive 30% off a new polarized prescription sunglasses purchase!
Sunglasses – truly worthy of some celebration!