What To Look For In Sunglasses

July 25, 2018

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Eyes have been called the window to your soul, yet when it comes to protecting your eyes from the sun's UV rays, we are not a vigilant as we are with our skin.  Sun damage to the eyes can accumulate slowly over time, without you noticing, until irreversible harm has been done. Just as sunscreen shields your skin by blocking UV radiation, sunglasses can shield your eyes from harmful rays. But not every pair is equally good at doing so. When shopping for sunglasses, choose a pair with a label that says the product blocks 100% of UVA and UVB rays or UV 400, which means the same thing. The most effective sunglasses aren’t necessarily more expensive. You can get very inexpensive sunglasses that 100% block UVA and UVB rays. Even while wearing sunglasses, some of the sun’s rays can still reach your eyes and the skin around them. So select larger or wraparound lenses which can help maximize sunglasses’ ability to stop rays from reaching your eyes and skin. Be careful not to confuse tinting, mirror or polarized lenses for protection. None of these features affect how much UV light the sunglasses will block, although polarized lenses can help cut down on glare, which can be irritating, especially if you’re around water. And don't forget about the kids. Although the consequences of sun damage to the eyes may not happen until later in life, it can start to accumulate from a young age. Opt for lenses with a label that says they’re made from polycarbonate rather than glass, which is impact resistant and less likely to shatter.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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