Summer officially starts this Sunday. According to eye doctors, here are five tips for buying a good pair of sunglasses . . .
- Make sure they have 100% U.V. protection.
U.V. rays are radiation from the sun that can make you develop cataracts.
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.
- Big sunglasses are better, because they keep more of the U.V. rays out. Ideally they should be oversized, and wrap around your face.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.