Typical summer situation by the pool: you and your friends have been lying out all day, using sunscreen, like good, wrinkle-fearing adults, and you have taken every precaution to avoid a sunburn, but what about your eyes? Those plastic lenses that they hand out at Bonnaroo are definitely not protecting you, especially if you have light colored eyes (blue, grey, green, mixed). As Americans, we will pay to have multiple (albeit gorgeous and totally worth it) leather purses, but we can't seem to find the money to buy ourselves some good, prescription or non prescription, sunglasses?
So, seriously, how bad is it?
According to the new UV Report by the Vision Council â€œ1 in 4 Americans rarely or never wear sunglasses and Millennials (born 1981-1996) are the least likely to wear them. So to answer your question, it's bad. If you don't protect them, your eyes can get sunburnt. Sunburned Eyes or photokeratitis can make you go blind for up to 48 hours and definitely will cause long term damage like cataracts or degenerative eye diseases. Also, eye damage from the sun is cumulative, which means that the other six months of the year that you spend indoors does not make up for not using sunglasses at the beach. But it's not all degenerative eye diseases and blindness, the Vision Council also reports that, in general, Americans just underestimate the power of UV rays because we are so good at interacting with them on a daily basis.
So when should you be wearing sunglasses?
So to start, UV rays reflect off of the water during rainy days, and can shine through clouds on cloudy days, and that would seem like common knowledge, but just because Americans know about it, doesn't mean they are changing their habit. According to the report, 2 in 3 leave eyes unguarded on cloudy or rainy days. Shame Shame. Did you know that 25% of UV rays also can bounce of concrete and dry sand? That's right, you should be wearing protective sunglasses during sand volleyball and while strutting the streets shopping. Pretty much the only time you should not be conscious of eye protection, is when it's dark outside, or when you're inside.
FramesDirect.com is concerned about your eye health, but we know that itâ€™s not just about protection, its also about comfort and style, which is why we offer the largest selection of brand name eyewear, which includes our brand name sunglasses and prescription sunglasses.
For more information on UV rays and your eyes, you can check out this nifty little infographic that the Vision Council put together of its findings!