Remember to Wear Your Sunglasses at the Beach!
Wearing your sunglasses in sunny Myrtle Beach is stylish and fun, but did you know that you are really protecting your vision for the long run? The Environmental Protection Agency agrees. According to them, reflecting UV rays are dangerous enough for people to wear shades even when it's cloudy outside.
Trina Simmons is a licensed optician that I talked to from H. Rubin Vision Center here in Myrtle Beach, SC. "Transitions lenses are the best, since they adapt to changing light," advises the 15-year practitioner. "People should wear protective eyewear every day since the sun's rays bounce off of everything."
One press release from Prevent Blindness America stresses the importance of getting sunglasses that stop harmful rays. According to the non-profit, two important ways to protect ourselves from eye damage is to know how dangerous UV rays are, and secondly, wear hats and eye protection more often.
Sarah Hecker, spokesperson for the organization, briefed me on their Vision Learning Center. "Basically, we try to think of everything from glaucoma to eye safety," she told me. "Whether you're wearing sunglasses, working and need eye protection, or playing sports and use goggles, early UV damage has been linked to cataracts later in life. They can be surgically fixed, but we still want children to wear shades when they're needed (like on the beach), to stop this as early as possible."
Hecker, a five year PBA member, believes that vision is something a lot of us take for granted. "It's true," she says. "People rarely seem concerned about vision until they actually start to lose their sight. A lot of vision loss can't be prevented, but if you get treated early, its progression can be slowed considerably. The number one thing we want folks to do, though, is get their eyes checked, especially at age forty. People need to know what a healthy eye looks like, and what theirs looks like after an eye exam."
Everyone here at the Caravelle Resort wants you to have a happy and safe vacation at the sunshiny Grand Strand. Remember to wear your protective eyewear on this and every visit that you and your family make to bright and breezy Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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