Not wearing the proper sunglasses exposes your eyes to the sun’s harmful rays.
Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement: They protect your precious peepers from serious eye damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays.
Wearing the right sunglasses is like making sure to put on sunscreen everytime you go outside. If you don’t apply sunblock, you may get a sunburn. Similarly, skimping on sunnies can cause a host of eye problems, including eye sunburn, cataracts, astigmatism, and even blindness.
Keep your eyes in tip-top shape with these sunglasses-buying tips:
1. Choose shades that block 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Some labels say “UV absorption up to 400 nm” (nanometer), which is also good.
2. Opt for oversized or wraparound-style sunglasses. Bigger shades limit sneaky UV rays from entering the eye from the side.
3. Remember: Polarized or colored lenses don’t have anything to do with UV protection. These features have more to do with seeing better in certain situations:
- Polarized lenses help block glare, which is great for driving or being on the water.
- Darker lenses may help ease the intensity of bright light.
- Colored lenses may help provide contrast, which is helpful for spotting details, like while playing sports.
4. Don’t worry about the price tag. Higher prices shouldn’t mean more protection. Affordable sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection work, too.
If you’re planning some fun in the sun, invest a little time in picking out the right sunscreen too. Here are tips to choose the best sunblock for your skin, according to a dermatologist.
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