Five Tips for Buying Sunglasses

June 17, 2015

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Summer officially starts this Sunday.  According to eye doctors, here are five tips for buying a good pair of sunglasses . . .


 1.  Make sure they have 100% U.V. protection.   U.V. rays are radiation from the sun that can make you develop cataracts.  And a survey last year found less than half of us check the U.V. sticker on sunglasses before we buy them.



So check the tag the next time you buy a cheap pair at a gas station.  Some of those only block about 40% of U.V. rays.



2.  Big sunglasses are better, because they keep more of the U.V. rays out.  Ideally they should be oversized, and wrap around your face.



3.  The color of the lenses doesn’t matter, and neither does how dark they are.  Lighter lenses can still block all of the U.V. rays.



4.  Polarized lenses reduce glare, not necessarily U.V. exposure.  So if you’re buying polarized sunglasses, make sure they block 100% of U.V. rays too.



5.  Don’t break the bank.  You don’t have to spend a hundred bucks to protect your eyes.  $10 sunglasses with 100% U.V. protection work just as well.



(PR Newswire)