Buying Sunglasses? Read This First


Not all sunglasses are created equal, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reports.

It’s all about the UV protection.

The choices are endless, but there’s only one really important consideration, and it has nothing to do with price or brand names. The AAO wants you to know that selecting sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation is the best way to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays.

“Wearing sunglasses without 100 percent UV protection is actually a serious health risk,” warns Dianna Seldomridge, MD, clinical spokesperson for the AAO.

“Regardless of the season, sun exposure can increase the risk of developing growths on the eye, cataracts  and some eye cancers. The good news is, protecting yourself from the sun is easy and doesn’t require breaking the bank, just look for the 100 percent UV protection label.”

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