We all know sunglasses can protect our eyes from glare, but most of us undervalue sunglasses as a health necessity. The new vision council study on sunglasses revealed that 65% of people in the U.S. see sunglasses as a fashion accessory. While they can be stylish—you only have to check out the awesome sunglasses options at Vision Care Specialists to know that!—sunglasses do a whole lot more.
Ultraviolet (UV) light is an invisible type of radiation that comes from the sun. UV light can be incredibly damaging to the eye. Even on cloudy days, UV light is emitted and can harm the eyes. Short term effects of UV exposure to the eye include bloodshot and swollen eyes and light sensitivity. Long term, the effects are even more worrisome. Excessive UV exposure over time leaves eyes more susceptible to cataracts, macular degeneration, and even eye growths.
Luckily, there is an easy method of prevention. UV protective sunglasses can keep eyes safe from the sun’s rays, which are a threat year round. While many people don’t think to wear sunglasses in winter months or on cloudy days, UV rays reflecting off the snow or peaking through the clouds can be just as dangerous as a bright sunny day.
Unfortunately, as many as 26% of people report never wearing sunglasses. The numbers are particularly troubling amongst younger people. Of the four age groups studied—Millennials (born 1981-1996), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), and Beyond Boomers (born before 1946)—Millennials were the least likely to report sunglass use were the most likely to report that they wore sunglasses primarily to look good. More than half of respondents from the three other older generations reported wearing sunglasses always or often and cared less about appearance and more about function.
It is important to change perceptions about sunglasses, especially among young people. While sunglasses can look cool, they are also necessary to prevent eye damage. The Vision Council strongly urges everyone to protect their eyes by wearing sunglasses and to increase education effort to raise awareness of the importance of sunglasses.
Start today: pop on a pair of shades and make sure your loved ones know how essential it is to protect your eyes. Strike the perfect balance of style and safety and check out the sunglass selection at Vision Care Specialists.
How to Use this Information: Make sure you are using sunglasses to protect your eyes! And for all your family’s eye care needs, talk to the experts at Vision Care Specialists. Call 303-991-9600 or schedule online to make an appointment!