Okay you might think I’m a little dumb when I say this. Really dumb. But I only got serious about wearing sunglasses all the time when outdoors after someone told me that wearing sunglasses helps prevent wrinkles. Is this true? I’m not sure… maybe so because you squint less? In that case I would also think living in places that have less daylight or that are frequently cloudy would also help prevent wrinkles. I digress – but my point is that although that part might not be true, you should still wear sunglasses anytime you are in the sun! And you should make your children wear sunglasses. Why? There are so many reasons – let’s begin.
Sunglasses: Tommy Bahama and Polaroid c/o The Vision Council
Americans don’t wear sunglasses often enough. In fact, my generation (millennials) are the least likely of any generation to wear sunglasses, and are more interested in looking good than sun protection. 1 in 4 Americans rarely or never wear sunglasses, 2 in 3 leave their eyes unguarded on cloudy days, and 3 in 10 don’t protect their eyes in the Winter. This is not good because UV rays are so dangerous to our eyes and sunglasses are an easy way to prevent UV damage. UV exposure can cause sunburned eyes, cataracts, and even age-related macular degeneration. Even more frightening is that 1 in 3 children don’t wear sunglasses, which is frightening as children receive 3 times the adult does of UV and children’s eyes are more at risk than adults.*
Make sure both you and your child wear polarized sunglasses when outdoors, no matter what season. It’s so easy to keep your eyes safe from harmful UV rays and look fashionable, there’s no reason not to do it! What sunglasses are you loving this Summer?