National Sunglasses Day, annually on June 27th. It is not only an observance but a reminder that our shades are a healthy necessity to prevent UV-related eye damage, sunglasses should become part of each day's "out-the-door" routine. It is important to wear sunglasses or other UV- protective eye wear everyday to ensure long term eye health. Make UV protection a family affair. UV damage is cumulative, occurring over a lifetime of exposure. Children are extra vulnerable, so get them in the habit of wearing sunglasses early! UV radiation is often recognized as the culprit for sunburns and sun cancer but most people are oblivious to the damaging impact on your eyes and vision. The problem originates with the suns UV rays. Just as these rays can harm unprotected skin cells, they can also harm unprotected eyes. A full day outside without protection can cause immediate, temporary issues such as swollen or red eyes and hypersensitivity to light. Years of cumulative exposure can cause age-related macular degeneration. Need to update your sun wear? Stop into any of our 3 locations, we can show you how a pair of polarized sunglasses can change the way you see the world!