Sunglasses are the perfect summer fashion accessory, but more than that they are essential to your health. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight can cause significant damage to your eyes, and you’re especially at risk if you use certain skin creams or antibiotics, or if you have light colored eyes, like blue, hazel or green. Children are even more susceptible to UV-related eye damage. Here are some tips for selecting the right shades to protect your eyes.
- Check your labels. Make sure they carry a consumer-protection label stating they’re 99-100% UV-absorbent, or provide UV absorption up to 400 nanometers (nm).
- Go big or wrap it. Bigger frames and lenses, and also wrap-around styles, give you more UV protection because they block peripheral rays.
- Choose the right color. Gray lenses are best. Why? They don’t change colors. Green and brown lenses are good, too.
- Consider lens treatments on your prescription glasses. Photochromic lenses change from clear to dark when they’re exposed to sunlight. Another option is anti-glare (anti-reflective) coatings, which reduce light reflected from the lens surface. And polarized lenses block out sunlight glare that bounces off windshields, pavement, and other smooth surfaces.
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