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Sunglasses are a great fashion item, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the surface tissues, cornea, and lens of the eye. It has also been linked to cataract, macular degeneration, and temporary vision loss.


Through its EyeSmart® UV Safety campaign, the American Academy of Ophthalmology offers tips to keep your eyes safe:


Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from both UVA and UVB rays.

•  When you purchase sunglasses, look for either UV400 or 100% UV protection on the label. Frames with a close-fitting wraparound style give the best protection.

•  Wear sunglasses even if you wear UV-blocking contact lenses. Contacts do not cover enough eye area.

•  Wear sunglasses on cloudy days, too. The sun’s rays can pass through haze and clouds.


Wear a hat along with your sunglasses. Hats with a wide brim are best.


Protect your children’s eyes.

•  Keep children out of direct sunlight during the middle of the day.

•  Have them wear sunglasses and hats whenever they are in the sun.


Be extra careful in UV-intense conditions:

•  Mid-day to early afternoon, when sunlight is strongest

•  At higher altitudes

•  Places where the sun is reflected off of water, ice or snow


Learn more about UV eye safety and tips to protect the eyes from the sun at www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/sun.cfm.

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