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The Importance and Solution for Better Eye Health

The Importance and Solution for Better Eye Health
Susan Vernicek
Written by Susan Vernicek

SHARE YOUR SHADES TODAY! #eyehealth #nationalsunglassesday

We are joining efforts with Visionworks to raise awareness about the importance of protecting your eyes from the damaging UV rays of the summer sun. First, (side note) I need my husband to read this because for some reason my asking him to wear shades while he coaches college soccer all year long, isn’t enough!

The Importance and Solution for Better Eye Health

Here’s the Problem: Many of us lather up in sunscreen to protect our skin from sun damage, but overlook the risks of the sun’s damaging rays on our eyes. UV light is a known causative agent in the development of skin cancer and approximately 5-10% of all skin cancers occur on the eyelids and the delicate tissues surrounding the eyes. UV light can also be a contributor to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.

I know, another thing to worry about!

However, with all the bright, bold, and colorful shade options, it makes it super easy and fun to protect your eyes!  I know I always have a blast dressing up the twins in shades and today is National Sunglasses Day—on the BIRTHDAY!!! They turn 3 today and I must say they have beautiful blue eyes!

Tweet “Share Your Shades #nationalsunglassesday #eyehealth “]

Here’s the Solution: Limit exposure and protect your eyes when enjoying the summer sun. When outside, you should wear a broad brimmed hat to deflect the sun’s rays away from your face and eyes and you should always wear polarized sunglasses.

Some of our readers join in and share their shades PLUS tell us WHY they love wearing sunglasses!

Eye Health on National Sunglasses Day


Lynn Bardowski,  Million Dollar Party Girl

“Because a pair of cool shades makes me feel like a younger rockstar version of myself…
even when I’m being a Mom and might not have showered yet.” 


Eye Health: The Lemonade Lady


Nancy Stampahar, The Lemonade Lady

“I LOVE wearing sunglasses because they give me a “can-do attitude” when I am outdoors.
Sunglasses give me the protection I need to enjoy my love for the outdoors.”



Don’t look away, pay attention and take care of your eyes!  Appreciate those beauties!

Below is a list of articles from Visionworks, they make it easy for us to learn and protect our eyes. 

  • What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
    The American Optometric Association (AOA) has designated the month of March as “Save Your Vision” month. It is a perfect time to focus on an exceedingly common condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) since 82% of Americans work with a computer or hand held device every day….
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  • Winterize Your Eyes: Protecting Your Eyes During the Winter
    Depending upon where you live, winter weather has already started settling in. Each winter, cold weather presents challenges for even the healthiest eyes. I wanted to share some simple facts about how ocular irritation occurs, even during the winter months and what you can do to protect your eyes and your family’s eyes this winter and beyond.
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  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety: How You Can Protect Your Child’s Vision
    August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and with the new school year and kid’s sports programs once again starting, this month is a great time for parents to focus on their children’s vision and overall eye health. Ensuring your child has a vision/eye health evaluation will help kids perform well in the classroom and also on the sports field.
    Click Here to Read More
  • What is Color Blindness?
    Color Vision Deficiency, more commonly referred to as Color Blindness is the difficulty or the inability to distinguish certain shades of color. In severe cases, patients experience the world as black and white without any color at all. This is true color blindness, however very few people have actually been diagnosed as completely color blind.
    Click Here to Read More
  • Cataract Awareness: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
    With the aging of our population and with people living longer the incidence of general health problems is increasing. Simultaneously, as our bodies age so do our eyes and patients 65 and older are more susceptible to cataracts. In this month’s column, I want to briefly discuss what a cataract is, some of the symptoms associated with cataracts and what the most common treatment options are.
    Click Here to Read More
  • Vision Impact of Diabetes: Preserve Your Sight with an Annual Eye Exam
    With March being “Save Your Vision Month”, I wanted to discuss the leading cause of blindness in American adults. The disease called Diabetes Mellitus, or commonly called Diabetes is a group of diseases caused by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that results from defects in the body’s ability to produce/use insulin. If left untreated, Diabetes can cause a permanent loss of vision.
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  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): What You Need To Know
    With more and more Americans entering retirement each year it is a prime time to talk about a common eye condition called AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) or more commonly known as “Macular Degeneration”. This condition is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 60 and older. Let’s discuss a general overview of AMD to better prepare you in understanding this condition.
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  • See You Next Year: The Importance of Annual Eye Health Exams
    Many of us are not aware of the necessity of having routine vision care. According to a recent report in the Archives of Ophthalmology, more than 60 million American adults are at high risk of vision loss. That is one in five Americans!
    Click Here to Read More
  • Back to School Eye Exams: Why they are Critically Important for your Children
    When you check off items on your “Back-To- School” checklist, don’t forget to make an eye exam appointment for your child. August is National Children’s Vision Month which is a perfect time to talk about the importance of providing…
    Click Here to Read More
  • Preventing Eye Injuries: What You Need to Know
    Summer is in full swing, which means that many of us are spending more time outdoors enjoying activities that we normally don’t think of as risky when it comes to our sight. July has been officially recognized as Eye Injury Prevention Month…
    Click Here to Read More
  • What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
    The American Optometric Association (AOA) has designated the month of March as “Save Your Vision” month. It is a perfect time to focus on an exceedingly common condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) since 82% of Americans work with a computer or hand held device every day….
    Click Here to Read More
  • Understanding Women’s Eye Health Concerns
    You may not be aware of it, but April is Women’s Eye Health Month, so this is a perfect time to talk about why all women need to have an annual eye health examination. Having a yearly eye exam is not only important for seeing clearly….
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  • Sun Exposure: Simple Facts for All of Us
    Depending upon where you live, sun season has already started or will soon be starting. With May being Ultraviolet (UV) Awareness Month, I wanted to share some of the simple facts about how solar damage occurs and what you can do to protect your eyes this summer and year round.
    Click Here to Read More

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Susan Vernicek

Susan Vernicek

Facts about Susan Vernicek:
• She’s happily married and a mother of 3.5 year old twins.

• She’s tried almost every fad diet back in her quick-fix days, admits at age 36 it’s a struggle to work hard on overall balance and is focused on not giving into the unhealthy fads we see daily.

• She’s all natural with natural blonde hair, uneven breasts, a bigger nose, and full of curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.

• She had a career where part of her job was staring at herself 40 hours a week manipulating her very own face as well as others.

• She’s the youngest of 7, ranging from 36-55+, an Aunt, Great Aunt and even younger than some of her nieces and nephews!

• She’s traveled and seen over 8 countries and spent a summer in London finding her passion and embracing life.

• She created S&J Identity, Inc. AKA, having no business background and at the age of 25.

•She's a certified Holistic Health Coach and Diamond BeachBody Coach

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