National Sunglasses Day, brought to you by The Vision Council, is held annually on June 27. It is a commemorative date celebrating the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunwear and eyewear to protect your vision.
How do you participate?
Today, post a #SunglassSelfie of yourself in your sunglasses on the social media channel of your choice using the hashtag #NationalSunglassesDay.
Why is UV-protective sunwear important?
Every day millions of Americans make the conscious decision to not wear sunglasses or other UV-protective eyewear, exposiong themselves to serious vision risks from harmful UV rays.
UV radiation is often understood when it comes to sunburns and skin cancer, but many people don’t realize the damaging impact these rays have on their vision. The sun’s unfiltered UV rays also harm unprotected eyes, the same way they burn skin cells.
A full day outside without protection can cause immediate, temporary problems, such as hypersensitivity to light and swollen or red eyes. However, years of repeated exposure can cause cancer of the eye or eyelid, and accelerate conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
So be sure to remember to wear your UV-protective sunglasses all year long, even when you’re not observing National Sunglasses Day.