UltraViolet (UV) light is emitted naturally by the sun, but just like how too much direct sunlight can burn the skin and lead to more serious problems like cancer, too much UV exposure can also be detrimental to the eyes. To address the risks associated with UV rays, the US Department of Health and Human Services has declared July to be UV Awareness Month, a time to stop and consider what your risks are and take steps to address them.

What Are The Risks Of UV Light?

According to scientific studies, ultraviolet light is increasing due to damage to the ozone layer. This increased exposure to these powerful rays has been associated with things like cataracts and other forms of eye damage that can lead to blindness. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that daily exposure to UV rays may often be the cause of eye cancer later in life. In other words, UV exposure is something that we should all take seriously.

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What Can I Do To Protect Myself?

The best way you can protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays, besides trying to limit your exposure, is to use high-quality sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV protection. Cheap sunglasses, even if they say they provide UV protection, usually don't so it is well worth the investment to buy sunglasses from a known manufacturer and enjoy both the stylish look and the protection from the sun's rays that they can give you.

Sunglasses are not just for sunny days by the way, UV light rays can be very strong even on cloudy days, so make wearing sunglasses a part of your daily habit and routine.

What Kind Of Sunglasses Should I Buy?

Happy girl with a hat and sunglasses Beyond the style and fashion aspect of sunglasses selections, which actually make this health-promoting accessory fun, you should think about what you are going to use the sunglasses for. Many different sunglass styles were created with specific uses in mind. For instance, the aviator style is highly reflective with a large surface area that focuses on enhancing your visual field while wraparound styles are used for extreme sports, like snowboarding, where the reflective glare from the white snow means you want maximum protection.

Getting Your Eyes Checked For UV Damage

As UV Awareness Month, July is also a good time to stop by your eye doctor or health care provider and get your eyes checked for damage. Much of the damage from UV rays cannot be seen by the naked eye or felt by you, but it may already be affecting your vision. Get a professional eye exam to determine if there is existing damage and to get medical advice on how to prevent it in the first place.

Making UV Awareness A Year Long Affair

July was designated as the month to become more aware about the risk of UV light to your eyes and what you can do about it, but action needs to be taken all year through. Besides educating your family and friends about UV dangers, consider making sunglasses a gift for the holidays and birthdays. Everybody loves a new pair of shades and you will feel good knowing that you are also helping to protect the health of their eyes. Check out our great selection of sunglasses today!