The Vision Council Hosts Congressional Briefing for National Sunglasses Day

The Vision Council Hosts Congressional Briefing for National Sunglasses Day


Today is National Sunglasses Day—a commemorative date held annually on June 27 celebrating the importance of wearing shades to protect the eyes from the sun's harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays—and in honor of the celebration, The Vision Council briefed Congressional staff this afternoon on campaign messaging and established the importance of educating the public about how they can protect their vision.

With the aim of educating attendees on the importance of wearing UV-protective eyewear, Bridgitte Shen Lee, optometrist and spokesperson for The Vision Council, presented an overview on the health impacts of UV radiation on the eyes, the risk factors of not wearing UV-protective eyewear for kids and adults, and the sunglasses and eyewear solutions available to protect the eyes.

Attendees were also given UV-protective sunwear and encouraged to snap a photo in their new shades to share on social media, using the official hashtags #NationalSunglassesDay and #SunglassSelfie.

It's not too late for you to get involved! Join the movement by posting your own #SunglassesSelfie to social media and tag @TheVisionCouncil on Instagram and Facebook, and @OpticalIndustry on Twitter.

The Vision Council will continue to update members on the success of National Sunglasses Day 2019 in the coming days. For more information about the National Sunglasses Day campaign, please visit For more information about The Vision Council's official UV eye health statistics and tips, visit

National Sunglasses Day and UV-Protection
General Updates from The Vision Council
Sunglass & Reader Division
Optical Retail Division
Eyewear & Accessories Division