July is UV Safety Awareness Month

By Stacy Brown

When it comes to UV Safety, skin and eye protection go hand-in-hand.

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and as you may guess sun safety is very important to our San Diego family. And as a SoCal sunglasses manufacturer, we also want to help keep our customers safe! We all love warm sunny days at the beach, but remember to take care of your skin and eyes (and those little ones too)!

By learning the risks associated with too much sun exposure and taking the right precautions to protect your family from UV rays, everyone can enjoy the sun and outdoors safely.

The risks of UV rays

According to the American Cancer Society, ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the root cause of most skin cancers and aging of the skin. While at the same time, too much exposure to UV light also raises the risks of eye diseases and damage, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The sun emits radiation known as UVA and UVB rays. Both types can damage your eyes and skin.

Children run an increased risk of UV damage to their eyes because their lens is still clear and the pupil is wider than in adults. As much as 50% of lifetime UV damage to your eyes occurs before the age of 10 and is irreversible - causing terrible longterm ailments! Read more Sun Safety Tips for Babies & Children.

What is Ultra Violet light?

Ultra violet (UV) light is invisible rays (100 - 400 nanometers) that are part of the energy that comes from the sun. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to the skin and eyes and cause different types of cancer and long-term ailments. While it may seem like a sunburn is a temporary irritation, it can leave long-lasting damage to your skin. According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, “Just one blistering sunburn during childhood can double the chances of developing melanoma later in life." And the same goes for your eyes!

Can your eyes get sunburned?

The simple answer is YES! "Our skin and our eyes are organs. This makes them susceptible to the elements, which mean that like our skin, our eyes can become sunburned from prolonged exposure.” - Dr. Jennifer Tsai, O.D. (doctor of optometry)

What is Ro•sham•bo Baby doing to protect your eyes?

All ro•sham•bo baby sunglasses have polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce glare and eye strain, while still delivering 100% UVA/B/C protection. All of our lenses are TAC polarized lenses and are tested by our manufacturer and an independent lab to make sure they are compliant with all US, EU and other international UV standards to block 100% UVA/B/C rays.

We use Tri Acetate Cellulose (TAC) polarized lenses, which feature a new lens technology formulated for superior visual and polarization clarity. They have a scratch coating and block 100% harmful UV rays up to 400 nanometers.

"I have been advising my patients to wear sunglasses and to have their children use them for a number of years. My wife and I have been giving ro.sham.bo baby sunglasses to kids of our family and friends since we found out about them. These glasses, which have been tested to be 100% effective against UVA and UVB radiation, help to get the children started early in the protection of their eyes….in addition, they come in many styles, and sure look cute!" - Dr. Stanley Mestman, O.D. (doctor of optometry)

What can YOU do to protect your eyes?

1. Always have your sunnies! Make sure to wear your polarized UV-blocking sunglasses to reduce the impact of bright sunlight year round. And same goes for babies, toddlers and kids! We have all of their sizes so there's no excuses. :)

2. Cover Up: Wear a hat and/or other shade-protective clothing to partly shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV ray exposure. Proper clothing may include long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and Sunglasses - for eye protection.

3. Stay in the Shade: The sun's glare is most intense at midday. Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will further protect your skin. And don't be fooled by the clouds! The sun's rays can pass through the haze and clouds even on winter days. 

4. Choose & Use the Right Sunscreen: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that your sunscreen have a SPF of at least 15, and should protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply every two hours while in the sun, and even more often if you are sweating or swimming.