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What should I look for in a pair of sunglasses?

While sunglasses are definitely a good idea when it comes to eye protection, not all sunglasses are created equal. Choose sunglasses that limit transmission to no more than 1% UVB and 1% UVA rays. Sometimes the information on the glasses will say they block at least 99% of the UV rays. That’s okay. Other things to look for:
  • Lenses large enough to completely cover the eye and prevent as much light as possible from entering through the edges of the glasses. Wraparound sunglasses are best.
  • Darker lenses, particularly if you are more light sensitive.
  • Gray lenses provide the least color distortion, but are not any better protection than other colored lenses.
While most sunglasses can help block UV rays from entering through the lenses, most frame styles do not prevent rays from reaching the sides, top, and bottom of the glasses.

When it comes to eye protection, invest in sunglasses to prevent cataracts and crow's feet. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your eyes in any season -- in morning and late afternoon, too, not just midday. To protect your eyes from damaging UVB and UVA rays, wear sunglasses with large lenses -- or even wraparound lenses -- that offer 99% to 100% UVA and UVB radiation protection. You won't just protect your eyes and skin from sun damage, you'll also look cool.

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