Thursday, June 4, 2015

Protect your eyes this summer by wearing your Sunglasses!

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinion are honest and our own!)
I love my sunnies a.k.a sunglasses. The bigger the better in my opinion, but have you really thought about the actual benefits of wearing your shades while outdoors? I recently sat in on a webinar presented by The Vision Council and I learned some important information that I'm excited to share with you today!
When I purchase a pair of sunglasses I've always simply purchased them for style, but style isn't the only thing we should be looking for when picking out a pair. The most important thing is to make sure that they have a sticker letting you know that they offer UV protection --UVA / UVB to be exact. If they don't have this protection then you are not protecting your eyes the way you should be. A tinted lens does not mean that you are protecting your eyes, you have to make sure that the pair you are wearing has UVA / UVB protection in them! Just because they have a dark lens does NOT mean you are getting protection from the sun's damaging rays. If they don't have UV lenses you are still damaging your eyes!
My eyes are very sensitive and I've learned to wear my sunnies not only when it's hot and sunny out, but to also wear them when it's cloudy and in the winter months too. It's very important to protect your eyes any time that you are outdoors!
If you have children it's very important to start them out at an early age of putting sunglasses on and protecting their eyes too. My kids are starting to get in the habit of wearing their shades and actually ask for them when we are outdoors now. By the time a child is 18, they have received nearly 25% of lifetime UV exposure to eyes! Children receive 3X's the annual adult dose of UV radiation and have a higher risk of serious vision damage later in life.
We took the boys' out and let them pick out their own glasses. We made sure they had the best protection and then let them choose which style they liked. Having your child try them on and making sure they are comfortable is important too. You want your kid to want to wear them!

There are so many different things that can go wrong with your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. It's never to early to start protecting them and unfortunately UV damage is irreversible --You can prevent it though!
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