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Seeing Through Rose Colored Glasses

Have you ever heard someone say, “You see the world through rose-colored glasses?” It’s a common phrase that means someone is optimistic, hopeful, and sees only the good in the world. Perhaps this phrase comes from the fact that rose colored lenses make everything pretty and pink, but there are actually several historical theories surrounding the origin of this cheerful phrase.

The Patrick as "rose colored glasses".

One theory dates all the way back to the 18th century, and involves the early “romantics.” (No, not the guys on The Bachelor.) The romantics viewed the world as a place to be explored, and they tried to keep in touch with nature. They believed that life could be amazing if you stayed away from materialistic things. Since they were so in touch with nature, the romantics often had rose gardens. People began to associate roses and their color with the romantics, who were definitely optimistic and cheerful!

Another theory comes from more modern history: hippies. Hippies had a unique perspective on life, and believed in peace and happiness. One of the biggest fashion trends for hippies was rose-colored lenses on their glasses. Perhaps the saying “seeing through rose-colored glasses” comes from the hippies outlook on life and funky eyewear.

Whether the saying comes from the hippies or their ancestor romantics isn’t certain, but one thing's for sure: You can never be too optimistic!

UV Protection: Is it Important?

Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory. They exist to protect your eyes from very damaging sun rays. Looking at the sun without proper protection can cause permanent damage to your eyes that could eventually change your eyesight.

The August in Tortoise with brown lenses - PAE offers 100% UV Protection

But not all sunglasses protect the same. Some are better than others. Some sunglasses, typically cheaper brands, offer minimal protection and don’t protect against ultraviolet rays-rays that human eyes can’t see.  So, if we can’t see them, is it really important to protect our eyes against them?

The answer to that is yes. Just as UV rays burn skin, they burn eyes as well. Long-term exposure to UV rays causes photokeratitsis, or a “sunburn to the eye.” This condition often leaves your eyes red and sensitive to light. Many people who have suffered from photokeratitsis say it gave their eyes a “gritty” sensation.

 UV rays not only damage the eye’s surface, but also the cornea, lens, and other parts of the eye. The effects of UV rays are permanent and cumulative. Such deep damage can completely ruin a person’s eyesight.  Some conditions related to UV rays include cataracts, pterygium, and skin cancer around the eye. Some of the side-effects from these conditions include irritation, tearing, or even blindness.

The Laura Lynn in Champagne Pink Stripe with brown lenses - PAE offers 100% UV Protection

All this can sound pretty serious, but it is 100% preventable, so long as you wear the proper sunglasses. So how do you know if your sunglasses contain UV protection? Invest in a slightly higher cost pair from a reputable retailer.  Most retailers will know if a certain model has UV protection or not.  If you’re curious about your current pair of sunglasses, take them to your optometrist. He or she will be able to check the level of protection for you in about five minutes.

As always, all of our sunglasses protect from 100% of UV rays. Check out our selection here and let us know which pair is your favorite!

Next time you’re heading outside this summer, please remember your shades!

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