The future’s so bright you gotta wear shades! National Sunglasses Day.
*Disclaimer: I was asked by the Vision Council to participate in this webinar in exchange for a blog post. I received a swag bag with sunglasses, a cooling towel, and other summer accessories, as a gift from the Vision Council in exchange for my post.
Happy National Sunglasses Day! First of all before you go any further stop and take your #sunglassselfie to create awareness about the importance of protecting your eyes from UV damage. I recently participated in a webinar, along with other fitness bloggers, sponsored by the Vision Council. The webinar titled, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Eyes: Protecting Vision from UV Radiation presented byDr Justin Bazan, OD, focused on the importance of protecting your eyes as an active individual. Did you know that the percentage of people wearing sunglasses during sports is very low. Athletes are one of the groups of people that should be wearing sunglasses the most because we spend so much time outdoors during daylight hours when UV rays can cause the most damage. If you are not a sunglasses wearer when you participate in your favorite sport or outdoor activity you should consider changing your ways. Don’t worry good sunglasses don’t need to be expensive just make sure that they have:
- protection from UVA/UVB rays
- lens colors that cut glare
- from a sunglasses retailer that follows industry standards
According to the Vision Council UV Protection Report my generation, Gen X are the most likely to wear sun protection where as the Millenials are least likely (be an agent of change and throw on some shades . . . “The future’s so bright you gotta wear shades!!!” Comfort always leads the way over protection but thankfully there are many choices now from many awesome companies that provide both protection and comfort (and good looks too!). Did you know that there is a link between UV exposure and eye disease. I want to protect my eyes the best that I can to help prevent diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration and you should too! Even though I live in a climate (Northern, NH) that can often be cloudy or snowy, cloudy and snowy weather can be just a damaging to your eyes because UV light that is reflected can be harmful too. UV light can actually cause you to get sunburn on your eyes or in the long term can be the cause of cataracts, macular degeneration and cancer of the eyes. Sunglasses are important for your kids too although not use as often as they should be.
When I was younger I spent a lot of time on the water as a rower where the effects of UV rays on your eyes can be much worse as the sun reflects off the water. I still remember picking out my first “REAL” pair of sunglasses to protect my eyes from damage when I was rowing. They were gold/bronze colored Oakleys that I absolutely loved. It was then that learned the importance of wearing sunglasses and I have always taken extra good care of my glasses because I know I always need them.
My sunglasses style preference has changed over the years but I always make sure that I never leave without them when I go for a run or for a triathlon workout even on a cloudy day when the glare can make my eyes water and the suns rays can still be damaging. I have to admit sometimes when I really get sweaty and they begin to fog up I push them on top of my head but I know that I need to get better about that.
In addition to sunglasses being a necessity they are also a fun style piece to wear. I have to admit I am a total gear junkie and when it comes to sunglasses I am no different. I definitely have different frames to fit my mood or to fit the activity that I am doing. I definitely think that you can tell a bit about someones personality by the sunglasses that you choose!
Now that you know a little bit more about the importance of protecting your eyes I’d love to hear more about your first pair of sunglasses? Do you always where sunglasses when you go for a run or ride or other outside activity?
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