There is little information on how this day got started or who proposed such a day. Sunglasses have been in use as far back as the 14th century, in China. Smoky quartz was used mostly by judges so that they could keep their emotions hidden. Sunglasses in their current form were introduced to the market by an entrepreneur named Sam Foster in Atlantic City in the US.
It is a good nomination as this day helps in reminding people to wear sunglasses and protect their eyes from the harsh rays of the sun. Just like skin, the eyes are also vulnerable to harmful rays put out by the sun. It is essential to protect the retina and lens from degenerating.
Polarized lenses for glasses were invented by Edwin Land in 1936. There are so many styles available in sunglasses that they are affordable. Many people don’t realize that they have to protect their eyesight even in cold, snowy places too. Don’t underestimate the power of the sun on cloudy days – sunglasses are very affordable and it is a good idea to keep an extra pair handy. Without adequate protection, eyes become swollen, dry and red.
Celebrate Sunglasses day by getting regular eye exams and wearing your favorite pair of sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses is a good way to cut down on the glare and brightness of the sun and stay comfortable. Most of the sunglasses available these days have UV protection built in to the lenses – look for lenses which offer 99% protection against UVA and UVB rays. When in doubt, get advice from an optometrist or an eye doctor for the perfect lenses.
Keep in mind that grey colored lenses offer the best protection – they reduce light intensity and make objects look the same (colors) and offer the best color vision naturally. Sunglasses also help reduce the incidence of skin cancer which can occur even on eyelids. Sunglasses are not only utilitarian but fashion statements as well. Shop around and find the perfect one to suit your needs. Make sure that children and teenagers are protected as well.