National Sunglasses Day is Wednesday, June 27. Celebrated since at least 2009 and supported by The Vision Council since 2014, National Sunglasses Day is an annual day of recognition designed to boost awareness of the importance of wearing shades to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Last year, National Sunglasses Day became a trending topic on social media with more than 900 million impressions, and it’s expected to be even bigger this year.

  • While National Sunglasses Day is a one-day commemoration, sunglass-related eye safety is a lifelong commitment. Consumers are being encouraged to practice sun-safety by wearing eye shades at work, home, and at play, and to help celebrate #NationalSunglassesDay by posting a #SunglassSelfie to social media.
  • Many traditional and online media outlets will be sharing #NationalSunglassesDay messages and featuring stories on sunglass safety . . . and it’s probably a safe bet that you can expect to see some top celebrities sporting their favorite sunnies. (Last year alone, National Sunglasses Day was featured on TODAY with Kathie Lee & Hoda, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and in Instagram posts from Christie Brinkley, ELLEWomen’s Healthand the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots, just to name a few.
Protect Yourself Early and Always

You’re never really too young to begin wearing sunglasses. Infants benefit from wearing shades, just as adults do, but of course, infants won’t always wear sunglasses as intended (shades do, after all, make fun chew toys or things to be tossed so Mom or Dad can fetch them . . . repeatedly). So for the really young, a wide rim hat, umbrella, or other covering might be more appropriate. But as soon as a child can tolerate sunglasses, wearing them whenever he or she is outdoors is a great lifetime habit to establish.

Even when you’re older, it’s never too late to start wearing eye protection—especially in bright sunlight, high altitudes, at the beach, out on the water, or in snow covered terrain. In fact, you should really wear sunglasses whenever you’re outdoors.

The goal is to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays from above as well as sunlight that’s reflected off a variety of surfaces, such as water, snow, or beach sand. While exposure is greatest on bright, sunny days, even cloudy days can pose a problem, just as you can get a sunburn when it’s overcast.


You Can Do It with Style

The professionals at Sunglass and Optical Warehouse are keenly aware that if sunglasses aren’t on your face, they’re not protecting your eyes. You need to like your sunglasses and want to wear them—and for that, they’ll need to look good and fit right.

Luckily, with today’s sunglass technology, you don’t have to give up looking good to get the kind of sun protection you need. Sure, wrap-around sunglasses offer the most protection, typically absorbing 100 percent of UV rays, but let’s face it, from a fashion perspective, they’re not for everyone.

Sunglass and Optical Warehouse is pleased to offer the greater San Diego area’s largest selection of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses to accommodate virtually all your sunglasses needs. Young or old, traditional or high fashion—when it comes to sunglasses, we can fit your face comfortably with a new pair of shades that are just right for you and/or your family members.

Let Us Help You Look and See Your Best

Stop by one of our three San Diego locations to browse our collections. With more than 60 brands of eyeglasses and sunglasses and more than 7,000 frames to choose from, Sunglass & Optical Warehouse’s inventory of men’s and women’s sunglasses is one of the largest in the world, offering a wide range of prescription and non-prescription choices.

We carry top brands such as Ray-Ban, Persol, Tom Ford, Gucci, Prada, Oakley, Maui Jim, Rudy Project, Bolle, and many others, including polarized lenses, designer brands, sports frames, safety lenses, and unique, hard-to-find brands such as Salt Optics, Oliver Peoples, Otis, IC Berlin, Cazal, and Wiley-X).

  • Our skilled team of optometrists, opticians, and other eye care professionals can help you explore our collections to help you find a look and a style that’s right for you.
  • Opticians are on-site at all Sunglass & Optical locations, including our Sports Arena Boutique (Hancock Street).

Optometrists practice on-site at our Sports Arena Warehouse (Kurtz Street)  and Kearny Mesa (Convoy Street) locations. While walk-ins are often available, calling ahead to schedule an appointment with them is highly recommended.

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