Clean out your glove compartments and other catch-all receptacles. June 27 is Sunglasses Day. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to locate your coolest pair of sunglasses and post a selfie sporting these conversation-starting shades.
However, that’s only part of your holiday quest.
The Vision Council created this holiday. Its mission is to raise awareness of vision damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These rays can cause macular degeneration and cataracts, two conditions that rob your sight.
Mark this holiday as a reminder to purchase sunglasses that block 100 percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Whether you prefer wayfarers or aviators, cool designs are in plentiful supply. Don’t sacrifice protection for style.
Sunglasses should be worn throughout the year, but we tend to slack off during winter. Admit it. You don’t know where they are, do you? Like gloves and mittens, sunglasses seem to wander into the abyss. Keeping a pair in your car, backpack and carry-all ensures constant eye protection.
If you choose to host a Sunglasses Day celebration, heed the hit song of the 80s and have your guests wear their sunglasses at night. For the remaining summer months, protect your peepers with sunglasses that block UV rays.
Preserving your vision while looking like a celebrity is a win-win. You may not be chased by paparazzi, but in the age of smartphone cameras and social media, it never hurts to go incognito.