What Sunglasses Do You Need?

What Sunglasses Do You Need?

Lens color, size and UVA/UVB ratings all count towards keeping your eyes young.

The sunny days are here and many of us are loving the outdoors. It’s essential to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays but also your eyes, if you’re going to be lounging by the pool, tearing up the trail or simply walking to the store. Sunglasses seem like they’re a dime a dozen in some places, and it’s easy to grab a pair and stick them on.

What should you be looking for? A pricey tag doesn’t indicate that you’re providing any more protection for your eyes experts say, although you may be doing something for your reputation, depending on your circle.

And darker lenses aren’t an indicator of strength, either. According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, you want to look for a few key features.

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Search for lenses that block out 90 to 100% of both UVA and UVB sun rays. (These beautiful enemies are the culprits that contribute to the development of certain types of cataracts, macular degeneration, growths on the eyes and general damage to your cornea and lens).

Whether or not a pair of sunglasses offers this should be written on its tag or on a sticker affixed to the lenses themselves, in a retail store.

Ideally, go for lenses that are gray, so you can properly identify colors when you need to- like at stop lights. Last but not least, look for sunglasses with a large lens, if you can. This way you can rest assured that all areas of your eyes are covered. No worries.

Enjoy your time in the sun!

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