National Sunglasses Day – June 27

Everything has its day and June 27 is National Sunglasses Day!

To celebrate we’ve tracked down some fun sunglasses facts for your enjoyment!

  1. Polar bears have built in sunglasses! They have a third eye that helps them filter UV light!
  2. Every 14 seconds in the United States someone loses, breaks or sits on a pair of sunglasses.
  3. Elton John is rumored to have more than 1,000 pairs of sunglasses – that’s a lot of eyewear!
  4. Ray Ban created the wayfarer and aviator styles in the 1950s – these are still the two most popular styles over 60 years later.
  5. Ray Ban originally created aviators for pilots to cut down on glare at high altitudes.
  6. Every 90 seconds someone buys a pair of sunglasses on ebay.
  7. The first pair of sunglasses was sold in 1929 by Foster Grants on the Atlantic City Boardwalk
  8. The most expensive pair of sunglasses to be sold in an online auction were non other than The King’s shades – Elvis Presley’s sunglasses, worn at the Madison Square Garden performance in 1972, sold on ebay for a whopping $250,000.
  9. In 1936, the first pair of polarized sunglasses was designed by Edwin H. Land who used his Polaroid filter to help him create lenses.
  10. Most importantly, sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and reduce eyestrain in bright conditions.

What kind of sunglasses will you flaunt tomorrow?

Get Checked – Protect your Peeps!

When you hear the word melanoma is the first thing to come to mind skin cancer?

That’s the case for most people, but do you know about the dangers of Ocular Melanoma?

With Summer come the numerous warnings to protect our skin from the sun, so why not talk about Ocular Melanoma? After all, your eyes are pretty important!

So What is Ocular Melanoma?

Ocular Melanoma is a cancer of the melanin producing cells of the eye similar to that of the skin. In the eye ocular melanoma is a type of cancer that develops in pigment producing cells — the same cells that gives your skin, hair and eyes color. Just as you can develop melanoma on your skin, you can also develop it in your eye, however, it is not associated with UV exposure as it is in the skin.

Due to the fact that many ocular melanomas present in the back of the eye and are not readily visible, early detection is the key to a positive outcome.   Melanomas diagnosed and treated with less than 2mm thickness have a much better prognosis than those diagnosed at a later stage. Ocular melanomas are usually not detected until a latter date due to the lack of visual symptoms. When they do produce symptoms, they may include:

  • flashes of light
  • blurry vision
  • loss of peripheral vision
  • distortion of pupil size
  • a growing spot on the iris

In any case the best way to catch ocular melanomas early is with regular comprehensive eye exams.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.