27. June 2016


June 27TH is National Sunglasses Day, and Wiley X® is fully behind the need for this countrywide education program from The Vision Council and the message it strives to drive home — that Americans need to wear UV protective sunglasses every time they go outside.

According to The Vision Council, 75 percent of Americans are concerned about UV eye exposure, yet only 31 percent of people wear sunglasses every time they go outside. Every day, millions of Americans make a conscious decision not to wear sunglasses with proper UV protection, and this poses serious short- and long-term health risks.

“It’s unfortunate that, while people are more and more aware of the danger ultraviolet radiation poses to their skin, they understand far less about the damage it causes the eyes,” said Wiley X Co-Owner Myles Freeman, Jr. “Just as they can burn and damage your skin, the sun’s UV rays can cause a wide variety of problems for your eyes — and not just on bright, cloudless days. Proper eye protection is a critical health necessity, and needs to be worn every time you’re outdoors. It’s also important to realize that not all sunglasses are created equal, and people need to make sure the protection they choose blocks out 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays,” Freeman added.