Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., Issues Statement to House of Representatives in Recognition of National Sunglasses Day

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., Issues Statement to House of Representatives in Recognition of National Sunglasses Day

Alexandria, VA (June 26, 2014) – On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX 26th District) issued a statement to the House of Representatives in recognition of National Sunglasses Day, officially entering it into the Congressional Record. Congressman Burgess specifically applauded the sunglass industry and The Vision Council for ongoing outreach campaigns to educate consumers regarding the damaging effects of UV rays to the eye and healthy vision. National Sunglasses Day 2014 takes place tomorrow, Friday, June 27.

The formal documentation of the Congressional Record can be seen here, and the full remarks from Congressman Burgess were as follows:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize National Sunglass Day and to honor the sunglass manufacturers and suppliers throughout my Dallas Congressional District, the State of Texas and around the country. Texas and the Dallas area are home to a variety of optical industry leaders including 24 optical laboratories that manufacture prescription sun wear, 3 lens manufacturers that supply UV filtering lenses, and 6 sun wear frame suppliers. As a physician, I commend the sunglass industry and their trade association The Vision Council (TVC) for ongoing outreach campaigns to educate consumers regarding the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays to the eye and healthy vision.

In the case of eye protection, what you don't know can hurt you. When it comes to the human eye and the sun's rays, it's what we can't see that matters most. UV radiation that reaches the earth's surface, made up of two types of invisible rays, UVA and UVB, endangers an unprotected eye. The effects of long-term exposure can include cataracts, macular degeneration, abnormal growths on the eye's surface and even cancer of the eye. While everyone should shield their eyes from UV rays, certain risk factors like age and eye color increase an individual's vulnerability to UV related eye disorders. Where you live and travel can also make a big difference in the level of UV exposure. Since UV damage can't be reversed, prevention through protection is key.

Later this summer, sunglass manufacturers and distributors from my home district in Texas will be convening a Capitol Hill briefing on the topic of UV danger and protecting your eye health. I encourage my colleagues to attend and applaud the sunglass community and The Vision Council for their leadership in promoting healthy vision.

For more information about how you can get involved with National Sunglasses Day, contact Erin Hildreth at ehildreth@thevisioncouncil.org.

About The Vision Council

Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry through education, advocacy and consumer outreach. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and health benefits, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about eyeglasses and sunglasses. For more information, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org.