With summer in full swing, spending time outdoors under the sun is where most of us want to be. Whether we are enjoying a day at the beach, lake, river, or waterpark, UV safety should be high on our list of priorities.
Here are a few ways that you can help make your time in the sun a little safer:
A wide-brimmed hat offers great protection for your head and face.
Umbrella for shade
An umbrella can block a major portion of harmful UV rays while you are out and about.
While a great fashion accessory, the most important job for sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your vision sharp and eyes healthy.
Some of the sun’s effects on the eyes include:
- Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.
- Macular degeneration, resulting from damage to the retina that destroys central vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
- Pterygium, a tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism.
For more ideas on sun safety, or to check out our UV-safe products, contact your PromoShop representative today!!
In 2016, PromoShop’s very own Pam Smart volunteered for a medical mission group who provided healthcare to several villages in Northern Honduras. Because of the strength of the sun in the Central American country, eye health and cataracts are a significant issue for the Honduran people.
One of our supplier partners, Hit Promotional Products, generously donated over 1000 pairs of sunglasses to the mission group, who were able to pass them out over the course of the week that they were there.
PromoShop was proud to have been able to provide the connection and resources to benefit eye health safety in a third world country.