Sunglasses Day

Sunglasses Day

It’s Coming . . .

Sunglasses Day !!

Elton John has over a thousand pairs, singer Corey Hart only wears his at night, and you can tell the good guys from the bad guys in The Matrix by the shape of theirs.

What are we talking about? Sunglasses, of course! There’s nothing quite as stylish as a pair of shades, so get out your aviators or wayfarers and get ready to celebrate Sunglasses Day!

Although the origins of Sunglasses Day are unknown, the history of sunglasses stretches as far back as 14th century China, where judges used eyewear made of smoke-colored quartz to mask their emotions.

Fast-forward 600 years and modern sunglasses as we know them today were first marketed by entrepreneur Sam Foster on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Remember, sunglasses aren’t just to make you feel good and look amazing – they protect your eyes from harmful UV light! UV damage increases your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, ocular melanoma, and skin cancer around the eye like basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.

Channel your inner-cool and slip on those shades every day!

Whether you’re picking up spares at the gas station, or shelling out $300 for the latest pair of custom Smith Optics ChromaPop, your sunglasses should work hard for you!  Consider the following facts from Jeff Tyson at How Stuff Works:

1. Sunglasses provide protection from ultraviolet rays (UV) in sunlight, which can damage the cornea and retina.

2. Intense light can damage the retina, but good sunglasses can block light entering the eyes, by as much as 97 percent, to avoid damage.

3. Look for sunglasses that use polarization to provide protection from glare and reflection on surfaces like water and snow.

4. Sand from the beach, dirt from a windy bike ride, or bugs on a hot summer day — these things and more can fly into our eyes.

5. Certain frequencies of light can blur vision while others can enhance contrast. Tinted sunglass lenses can help eliminate specific frequencies, making them great for driving and certain sports.

  • Gray lenses: good protection against glare, good for driving and general use.
  • Dark amber, copper, or brown lenses: block high amounts of blue light to heighten contrast and visual activity; improve contrast on grass and against blue skies; perfect for baseball, cycling, fishing, golf, hunting, skiing, and water sports.
  • Green lenses: mildly heighten contrast while preserving color balance; great for baseball and golf.
  • Amber, rose or red lenses: heighten contrast in partly cloudy and sunny conditions, but cause significant color imbalances; best for cycling, fishing, hunting, shooting, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and water sports.
  • Yellow or orange lenses: filter blue light for sharper focus and heighten contrast in overcast, hazy, or low-light conditions; good for indoor and outdoor sports, cycling, hunting, shooting, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, indoor basketball, handball, racquetball, and tennis.

Sunglasses serve as protection between our eyes and the world around us.

Thanks to daysoftheyear and EssilorUSA for content.

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