Protect your eyes this summer and all year
Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. Protecting those baby blues is important year-round.
But this is a good time to think about investing in a new pair of shades, especially since National Sunglasses Day is Tuesday.
Sponsored by the Vision Council, the campaign raises consumer awareness about the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
And it’s especially important for those of us in Oklahoma City with its higher risk of UV exposure.
Certain areas of the United States have heightened UV levels. The Vision Council analyzed UV index levels from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Weather Service to determine the top 25 U.S. cities receiving the highest levels of UV exposure.
Oklahoma City ranks No. 22 with 122 days of extreme and very high risk.
UV rays are harmful to eyes and can accelerate cataracts and even cause cancer. When shopping for sunglasses, it’s best to select styles with anti-reflective coatings or UV treatments. Not all sunglasses have UVA and UVB protection so look for a label, sticker or tag noting the protection before you buy.
And keep in mind that the larger the frame, the more protection offered. Consider wraparound or oversize ovals if you want optimum protection.
Don’t forget children either. The Vision Council says children receive three times the annual sun exposure of adults, increasing their susceptibility to UV eye damage. And remember, UV rays are dangerous even on cloudy days.