Group sees National Sunglasses Day as chance to focus on eye health

Cabrini Rudnicki - For Times Leader

EXETER — Did you know there was a National Sunglasses Day?

Get those shades ready to wear June 27, when Northeast Sight Services plans to celebrate and spread important information about eye health.

According to a report by The Vision Council, approximately 27 percent of adults report they don’t usually wear sunglasses outside.

But UVA and UVB rays, which are emitted from the sun, can cause permanent damage to vision health. The Vision Council recommends looking for sunglasses that feature a UV protection sticker.

Amy Feldman, Northeast Sight Services director of development, hopes to bring awareness to the fact that sunglasses should be worn year round.

“Regardless of it being sunny, rainy, warm or cold, we really want to spread awareness that sunglasses and other ultraviolet protective eye wear are really key to protecting long-term eye health,” said Feldman.

Through social media, the organization is asking people to post selfies wearing sunglasses on June 27, tagging them @Northeast Sight Services and using the following hashtags: #northeastservices #redleaf #saladsforsunglasses #nationalsunglassesday #sunglassselfie.

Red Leaf Salad Company partnered with the organization to give prizes to randomly selected participants.

Northeast Sight Services, of Exeter, was formerly known as the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind. It’s a nonprofit dedicated to helping the blind and visually-impaired through services as well as education and early detection.

Employees of Northeast Sight Services have plans to share sunglasses facts on social media when they post their own selfies.

Feldman finds that many people do little to care for their eyes in general, such as not going for a regular comprehensive eye exam.

“There’s a whole demographic of people who don’t need prescription eye wear who don’t really realize how important it is to still go to the eye doctor on a regular basis,” she explained. “There are so many issues that don’t necessarily have symptoms which can be detected early on if people are going to comprehensive eye exams.”

The organization frequently does vision screenings for children entering pre-school or kindergarten.

“We find, however, that the parents aren’t necessarily taking them to regular exams if the parents aren’t already going for their own eye exams.”

Cabrini Rudnicki

For Times Leader