This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Vision Council about the importance of UV protection for eyes. All opinions are my own.
Do you think about the sun’s intensity when packing for a trip? The only time I do is when I’m headed to a sunny destination where I intend to spend a great deal of time outdoors. I don’t really think about it when at home.
But I just attended a briefing with The Vision Council and learned that my hometown area is listed as one of the 25 Top UV Danger Zones in the U.S. Yikes! Now I’ll be thinking about UV protection every day year round, for my skin and my eyes.
You can check the daily UV index in your city at www.missingsunglasses.com. You can also check the weather channel or your local news station.
Dangers of Reflected UV Light
Did you realize that reflected UV light is just as damaging as direct UV? That’s scary! I’ve always noticed that sunlight reflection off of the water is downright painful, but wow… reality check.
Protect Your Children’s Eyes
Did you know that 40 percent of U.S. adults do not wear sunglasses while outdoors and more than half of parents do not protect their children’s eyes with sunglasses? (According to a recent report by The Vision Council)
FYI: The pupils in children are naturally bigger and they can’t filter as well as adults. Make sure your kids are wearing sunglasses too!
A long time ago I read an article that said squinting is nature’s way of protecting your eyes so that’s what I’ve always done: squint. And truth be told, even if I have a pair of sunglasses in my purse I rarely if ever put them on because I’ve always preferred to squint.
I’m a squinter. (tsk tsk tsk)
I’m trying to break that habit (hard to do!) because I’m simply not providing enough protection for my eyes that way.
It’s just that I really don’t like how sunglasses darken everything. Am I alone in that?
But good news for me: I found out that clear lenses can still have UV protection!
Choosing the Right Pair of Sunglasses
But most people like tinted lenses (I like them when at the beach), so here’s a great reference chart to help you find the right kind of sunglasses to wear based on your activities. (click to enlarge)
Also, be aware that using tinted lens causes the pupils to dilate to allow more light in, so it’s vital that the sunglasses you are using have UV protection. Look for the sticker and buy them from reputable eyewear or sporting goods stores. (Local eye care professionals can test the lenses for you to make sure they are indeed UV protective.)
Here’s another great infographic with lots of UV-Safety Facts from The Vision Council, and be sure to visit The Vision Council website for all kinds of helpful facts, advice and news.
Visit www.thevisioncouncil.org for a wealth of information and resources.