Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sunglasses - More Than A Fashion Statement

It's that time of year again, where people are looking to buy new sunglasses, or search through their things to find last year's pair. For many, sunglasses are all about the fashion statement they make; but your pair could be doing something for you that is far more important.

The eyelid and surrounding area are common sites of non-melanoma skin cancers, accounting for 5-10% of all skin cancers. Some people lather on sunscreen, but forget these areas. High quality sunglasses can protect up to 100% of harmful rays from the sun, giving your eyes the protection that they need. Keep in mind that not all sunglasses are created equal. When shopping, look for stickers indicating 99 or 100 percent of UV ray blockage. Some stickers may read 400nm, which is also means 100% UV blockage.

If you know that your sunglasses do not meet these standards or if you are unsure, it may be a good time to invest in a new pair. Do some searching to figure out which brands fit your lifestyle and are up to standards. While good sunglasses are typically a little more expensive, you don't have to break the bank to find a great pair. Some stores even offer guides to help you find an optimal match. And for those who have been considering that great designer pair...now you may have a good reason to get them!

Remember to be safe in the sun and always bring your sunglasses!

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Facts about sunglasses and how to choose the right pair: Eyecare America.org

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