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Gear Up, Shades On: World Sunglasses Day

A survey from the United States, released ahead of World Sunglasses Day 2024 on 27 June, has found that while only 11% of adults own sports sunglasses, those who do are highly satisfied with them. 

This year, the World Sunglasses Day focus is on sports sunglasses, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to gear up with shades on before engaging in their favourite activities. 

“Our findings show that sports sunglasses are not as widely adopted as traditional sunglasses, but the satisfaction rate and the types of activities sports sunglasses users participate in suggest that more individuals could benefit from having a pair in their collection,” said Alysse Henkel, Vice President of Data and inSights at The Vision Council.  

“It’s a misconception that sports sunglasses are only for professional athletes or long-distance cyclists. Anyone who spends time being active outdoors has a reason to own sports sunglasses.  

“Besides providing protection from the elements, features like anti-glare coatings, non-slip nose pads, and interchangeable lenses can enhance performance across various activities no matter your skill level.” 

Even though UV levels are higher in summer than winter, Australia experiences some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world

Even in Winter 

Locally, Retina Australia is highlighting the importance of wearing sunglasses even in winter.  

“Even though UV levels are higher in summer than winter, Australia experiences some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world,” Retina Australia says on its website.1  

Retina Australia said nearly one in four Australians do not wear sunglasses outside during the day.  

“Long term exposure to too much UV light has been associated with developing permanent damage to the eye, with evidence showing that greater sunlight exposure can lead to an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration. Ultraviolet radiation is also a risk factor for damage to the retinas of children.  

“For people living with an inherited retinal disease (IRD), extra care should be taken to protect the retina. 

“Research shows that in the case of some types of inherited retinal diseases such Stargardt disease, UV sunlight can increase the toxicity of the waste products accumulating in the retina.  

“Sunglasses will also help relieve discomfort from glare, which can be a common symptom with some types of IRDs such as achromatopsia.” 

The Vision Council has free social media downloads available to help promote World Sunglasses Day. The toolkit, with ready-made promotional graphics and suggested content, can be accessed at: thevisioncouncilfoundation.org/eye-protection/uv-eye-protection-and-sunglasses/national-sunglasses-day-materials. 

Reference 

Retina Australia, World Sunglass Day (webpage) available at retinaaustralia.com.au/world-sunglasses-day-2024/ [accessed 11 June 2024].