Sunnies, of course! Don't forget to shield your peepers from UV rays with a great pair of sunglasses. There are plenty of affordable, convenient options that instantly up your sun protection game (not to mention your cool factor 😎). You should always protect your eyes whether you're biking, running, strolling around town or just outside enjoying the warm weather.
Even if you are hanging out in the shade, UV rays can reflect off buildings, roads, and other surfaces to expose your eyes. These rays can cause cataracts, macular degeneration or even Pterygium.
According to the National Eye Institute, Pterygium is a "tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism."
Ew... No, thanks.
Your eyes can also get sunburnt! Yes, it's a thing. "Symptoms include red eyes, a foreign-body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and excessive tearing," states Karl Citek, O.D., Ph.D., chair of the AOA Commission on Ophthalmic Standards.
So how do you choose the right pair of sunnies?
- Make sure they are UV400, this means they will block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. This is especially important when choosing sunglasses for your kiddos. Children's eyes are more sensitive to UV rays than adult's.
- The bigger, the better. Go ahead, get your Paris Hilton on! To protect as much of the delicate skin around your eyes as possible, look for a pair of sunglasses with large lenses or a close-fitting wraparound style.
- Color doesn't make a difference. So long as you've got that UV protection, wear whatever color you prefer (although we recommend choosing a pair that matches your race kit, of course 😉)!
- Keep in mind that while a pair of polarized lenses can help reduce glare, they don't ensure UV protection.
According to this study, 47% of consumers don't check the UV protection level rating before they purchase sunglasses. Don't be a statistic, make sure you are aware of the potential risks of not protecting your eyes from the sun. Then, take action by making sure you always have your favorite pair of sunnies ready to go!
Happy National Sunglasses Day!
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