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Eyefoods Tips: Sunglasses

Eyefoods TipsLaurie Capogna

Protect your eyes 365. Wear your sunglasses everyday!

Over exposure to UV light may cause cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, skin cancer, sunburns and premature aging of the skin.

Sunglasses are important to wear all year round, not just in the summer! There is year round direct glare from the dun above and its reflection below. There is also reflected from surfaces like car windshields or puddles on the road.

The difference between a high quality pair of sunglasses and a low quality pair is measured by the UV protection they give and by the way they filter blue light. The gold standard in sunglasses for UV protection has been UV 400 which will protect against UV categories A, B and C.

A high quality pair of sunglasses will filter both UV and blue light, while still absorbing the damaging energy of blue light, they will still allow you to see colours normally.

Another available feature is a polarized filter. This will eliminate reflected glare from the road, water, windshields, and other flat shiny surfaces. It will also allow you to see below the water’s surface, so are great for fishing.