Happy National Sunglasses Day!

National Sunglasses Day is June 27th,  a commemorative day celebrating the importance of wearing ultraviolet, UV, protective sun wear and eyewear.

Healthy vision equals healthy aging, it is essential to protect your eyes in order to prevent any damage that may be caused by the sun. Sunglasses provide UV protection in a stylish way! (IDK LOL) They ultimately help you avoid age-related vision issues. UV rays are often responsible for age-related blindness in seniors.

There are numerous sunglass styles to choose from, giving options for varying types of people. Not only is it critical to protect your eyes, but your eyelids can be heavily sensitive to UV rays as well. Sunglasses provide eye protection by guarding your eyes from harmful rays and helping you to maintain better vision.

The most important part of the day to wear sunglasses is between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Even if the weather is hazy or cloudy, UV rays can pass through.

Risks of unprotected UV ray exposure, explained by the National Institutes of Health, include cataracts, worsening eyesight, and increase risk of AMD. AMD, or age-related macular degeneration, is when there is damage to parts of the retina. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss of those 50 years or older.

Additionally, those with light colored eyes, such as blue or green, are generally at a higher risk of UV damage. The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers countless resources of information to provide you with more eye protection knowledge.

At McGregor, we recognize the importance of protective eyewear and encourage everyone to wear their sunglasses.