And Audrey Hepburn Sunglasses! Hey, today is National Sunglasses Day. Funny huh? Actually it’s a pretty great reminder to protect your eyes.
Here are our 5 BIG reasons to wear your shades…
1. Skin Cancer
Up to 10 percent of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid. Certain types of Leukemia can also lead to skin cancer.
The World Health Organization reports that, worldwide, approximately 900,000 people are blind because of cataracts—cloudiness in the lens of the eye—triggered by UV exposure.
3. Macular Degeneration
Over time UV light may play a role in damaging the macula lutea (an area of the eye with millions of light-sensing cells, which allow us to see fine details clearly), potentially leading to blurriness and vision loss.
This abnormal growth of tissue—also called surfer’s eye—may progress slowly from either corner across the white part of the eye, possibly leading to inflammation or disturbance of vision.
Essentially a sunburn of the eye, it’s temporary (healing within 48 hours) but can be painful, causing blurred vision, light sensitivity, and the sensation of having sand in your eye.