Marketing For May: UV Awareness Month

July is National UV Safety Month and May is UV Awareness Month as well as Healthy Vision Month. Not only it is UV Awareness Month, it is also the time people start thinking about Sunglasses.

Eye Bogglers

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency: UV radiation from the sun and from tanning beds is classified as a human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization.
  • Cataract, a leading cause of visual impairment across the globe, has been linked to UV exposure
  • UV rays can cause include corneal sunburn (photokeratitis), pterygium (a growth that begins on the white of the eye), macular degeneration, and the development of skin cancer around the eyelids.

We as optical professionals know the danger, but most people do not. A recent report by The Vision Council says that only 40% of people wear sunglasses. Sad statistic, but provides opportunities for Eyecare Professional to engage and educate their patients.

What To Do?

  • Go to the resources below and start posting on various Social Media Platforms the dangers of UV.
  • Write an article for the local papers on the dangers of UV and the importance of Sunglasses.
  • Another article idea is how to measure UV in sunglasses.
  • Email blast to your patients about UV Awareness month.
  • Put up signage in your office about UV Awareness month. You will also be able to use this signage again in July. Use hats, sunscreen and sunglasses. Reprint the below infographic, encase in a clear frame along with the display.
  • If you are looking for infographics check out our Eye and Health Infographic Board on Pinterest.
Sun to Eye INfographic

Via Huffington Post

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