Rx Optical Blog Image National Sunglasses Day 06.20.19

National Sunglasses Day

It’s that time of the year again (finally!). The doctors at Rx Optical are excited and ready to celebrate our favorite eye-related holiday of the year: National Sunglasses Day.

The sun’s rays are extremely dangerous and harmful to your vision. We are passionate about preventative eye care. That’s why we provide our patients with helpful tips to protect their sight throughout the year (even in the winter!).

Wearing sunglasses is the best way to protect your eyes from the sun. This year, we’re protecting our eyes and celebrating eye health at the same time on National Sunglasses Day. National Sunglasses Day is held on Thursday, June 27. This celebration spreads awareness of how sunglasses can protect your eyes from UV rays.

Facts About Harmful UV Rays

UV rays are harmful rays that are produced by the sun. They’re broken into three different types: UVA, UVB and UVC. Both UVA and UVB rays reach the Earth and are dangerous to our eyes, but UVB light is the most dangerous. Since these rays are produced by the sun, they can be stronger when it’s highest in the sky. That means rays are most harmful between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., but you still need protection throughout the whole day.

Many people believe that they’re only at risk on sunny summer days, but that isn’t true. Since the rays are capable of passing through clouds, you also need to wear sunglasses when it’s overcast. Surprisingly, snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV light, which means that these rays are still damaging even in the dead of winter.

Although UV rays can harm your vision in any weather, keep in mind that UV light can be increased by humid conditions, which means it’s easier to get UV damage when you’re on the coast or somewhere else that’s humid.

Why Wear Sunglasses?

Sunglasses help protect our eyes from irreversible damage like cataracts or macular degeneration. While we all know that looking directly at the sun isn’t safe, being outside without sunglasses still hurts your eyes almost as much. UV rays take no days off, so always bring sun-glasses with you, even on cloudy, snowy, or rainy days.

At Rx Optical, we offer prescription sunglasses so that you can always have clear vision, even when you’re protecting your eyes from damaging sunlight. Who knew healthy living started with stylish frames?

Did Someone Say Giveaway?

We did! In order to celebrate National Sunglasses Day 2019 in all its glory, we need your help. Post a photo of yourself rocking your favorite sunglasses on social media.

Be sure to tag our page and to use the hashtag, #nationalsunglassesday and #sunglassselfie and like or follow our page. The contest will close on July 1, so start snapping those selfies! Once it’s closed, we’ll randomly select participants to win one of our amazing prizes: two $249 Sunglasses Certificates and five PHD-50 Lens Cleaning Kits.

If you don’t have a pair of prescription sunglasses, stop in for a pair! Schedule your comprehensive eye exam today and get the most up-to-date prescription for your eyes.

Already have a recent prescription? Great! Visit one of our 55 locations to find the perfect pair of sunglasses for your summer adventures.

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National Sunglasses Day (UV Protection)

We all know that the sun’s rays are harmful, but it is so important to remember that not only can they harm your skin, they can also damage your eyes if they aren’t properly protected. The best way to protect your eyes from the sun is wearing sunglasses, and this year we’re protecting our eyes and celebrating eye health at the same time on National Sunglasses Day.

National Sunglasses Day is held on Wednesday, June 27 to celebrate the importance of wearing shades to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh UV rays. To get involved and join the celebration, use the hashtag #NationalSunglassesDay and tag Rx Optical (@RxOptical on Facebook and @RxOpticalLabs on Twitter and Instagram) with your favorite pair of sunglasses. We love seeing you protect your eyes!

If you ever wondered what exactly makes UV rays harmful, here are some quick insights into why it is key to protect your eyes:

  • UV rays are broken into three different types: UVA, UVB and UVC
  • Both UVA and UVB rays reach the Earth and are dangerous to our eyes, but UVB light is the most dangerous
  • The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – but you still need protection throughout the whole day
  • Rays pass through clouds, meaning you need to stay protected even when there’s an overcast
  • Snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV light – so the rays are still damaging in the winter
  • UV light may be increased by an increase in humidity – making it easier to get UV damage on the coasts or in any humid environment

Stay protected and:

  • Wear sunglasses year-round and look for 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB ray protection
  • Never look directly at the sun as it can harm your vision permanently
  • Wear hats to help protect your eyes from the sun hitting your face throughout the day

At Rx Optical, we love sunglasses! Not only do they protect your eyes from harmful rays, but they also look stylish and fun. With hundreds of frames to choose from, we have a pair for every personality. To browse our selection of prescription sunglasses, call us today to set up an appointment at (800) RX-CARES!