Sport Those Shades for National Sunglasses Day!

ysm sunglasses dayTom Cruise defined cool in his Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses in the 1986 hit Top Gun. Audrey Hepburn’s iconic look in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was accentuated by Oliver Goldsmith’s black wayfarer shades. And nothing says “Don’t mess with me” like a pair of Gargoyles ANSI Classic that Arnold Schwarznegger sported in the Terminator series.

Yes, it’s that time of year again to decide how to show your style. What’s your pleasure? Blues Brothers, Matrix or Men in Black?  With so many designs to choose from, you should start narrowing down your list. National Sunglasses Day is June 27, an annual day of eye protection awareness. Situated just six days after the official beginning of summer, National Sunglasses Day exists to remind all of us from the young to the old how precious our eyesight is and the importance of caring for our eyes.

Sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. Gone are the days when we used to believe that eye protection was only necessary when it is sunny. Interestingly, UV rays can be more dangerous in winter because the rays of the sun hit our eyes twice:  once on the way down and then again when reflecting off the white snow. Regular sunglass wearing also prevents cataracts, premature aging and facial wrinkles (Source: Holidayinsights.com).

Parents, National Sunglasses Day is a perfect opportunity to educate your children on the importance of wearing sunglasses. Did you know that 80 percent of people’s exposure to UV rays in their lifetime occurs before the age of 18?  This is because the lenses of children’s eyes are more transparent than those of adults and so they are more sensitive to UV rays. Sunglasses are not just for adults. Unfortunately, most parents are not aware of this fact because studies show that only 50 percent of children today own or wear sunglasses. Let’s change that statistic this year!

Make a fashion statement and add a little pizzaz to your outfit this June 27.  Act like a celebrity. Pretend you’re a spy. I’ll be looking for you behind those Marilyn Monroe Wayferers! And this year, I’m banking on seeing at least one Geordi La Forge.