In preparation for National Sunglasses Day, I have thrown away yet another pair of broken sunglasses. The latest were by far my most favorite! They were calico colored cat-eyed frames that fit my face perfectly. I have a pretty small face, so finding frames that fit me has always been a challenge. As I mourn the loss of one funky pair of sunglasses, I welcome two new pairs that are perfect for National Sunglasses Day, June 27.
I picked up a new pair of black cat-eyed frames from the same place I got the calico ones, and an equally funky pair of floral shades. I figure I can decide on the day which ones I will wear. Neither pair was more than $15, which is good for me because I always lose or break sunglasses.
As I put on my new black shades and strutted out of the store into the sunlight, I wondered if my fashionable frames would actually protect me from the hot Atlanta sun. I contacted Dr. Al Baumstark, professor and chair of the chemistry department at Georgia State University. Here’s what he had to say:
Are both important to protect from?
Dr. Baumstark: It is important to wear protective eyewear to preserve the eye. Our students and staff always protect their eyes when working with UV light sources because, although you can’t see the damage being done (example: lasers in the lab), one can burn the eye and damage the vision permanently. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can have this same effect and result in retina damage, cataracts or even blindness.