Sunglasses Are Important

Our blog article titled UV Protection: Eliminating Excuses presents five facts to motivate readers to protect their eyes from the sun. Even when they know the facts and admit to the importance of eye protection, many people still fail to wear sunglasses regularly.

In a recent survey, most individuals indicated they felt protecting eyes against UV rays was important. And, many people followed through on that belief by purchasing quality sunglasses. When asked why they failed to wear those sunglasses regularly, many confessed that the main reason was, simply, they forgot. So here are five tips to help you remember your sunglasses.

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Keeping an extra pair of sunglasses in your car will ensure you have a pair when you need them.

5 Tips For Remembering Your Sunglasses

  1. Have a place for them. Just like with your car keys or cell phone, sunglasses will likely get lost if they don’t have a home when not in use. Many vehicles have a bin for storing sunglasses, and there are a variety of cases available for protecting sunglasses when thrown into a bag or even for hanging on a hook next to your keys. Having a place you always put your sunglasses will increase the likelihood of you wearing them regularly.
  2. Be consistent. Once you have a place for your sunglasses, be systematic in putting them there. Having a place does absolutely no good if you don’t use it consistently. For example, when going in and out of buildings, such as when shopping, consider a neck strap to make taking sunglasses on and off without losing them easier. Whatever system you develop, employ it consistently to help build a healthy habit of wearing sunglasses.
  3. Tell your kids. While forgetfulness seems a useful ability for many children, most will also enjoy helping their parents remember what’s important to them. Tell your kids to remind you to wear your sunglasses, and even explain why doing so is important. You might be surprised to find that they can be good at reminding you. They feel important, and your eyes get protected.
  4. Buy an extra pair. With sunglasses available in a wide price range, and many offered at quite inexpensive prices, having an extra pair is not usually a problem. Keep the extra in your car or carryall bag, so they’re easily in reach. However, be sure to keep your spare sunglasses in a hard case or pouch, so they’re in perfect shape when you need them.
  5. Create a mental checklist. Avoid making too long of a list, but create one that includes all the items you never want to leave at home. A sample list might include your cell phone, water bottle, a snack, and of course your sunglasses. After you have your list, get into the habit of saying it every time you walk out the door. Eventually, remembering those items will be automatic.

Keep It Simple

Bottom line, find a method that works for you. Build positive habits to help you remember your sunglasses because doing so can impact your eye health in significant ways.

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