Tips to choose the right sunglasses to protect your vision

sunglass tipsSunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. They serve a huge purpose—they protect your eyes against the sun’s harmful rays. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays could eventually contribute to vision problems later in life, so warding off these harmful effects can help protect your vision. Just like how your skin requires sunscreen, your eyes need protection too. So, when it comes to enjoying the sun, sunglasses are your best option.

Sunglasses could save your vision

Sunglasses should be worn anytime you’re outdoors, regardless of the season. So, even if there is snow, you should wear sunglasses. The white snow will reflect the sun’s rays, which can actually make them stronger. Furthermore, if you are taking a medication that increases sensitivity to sunlight, then you are even more vulnerable.
Experts recommend that you wear large wraparound sunglasses for best protection. You will always want to check the lens for UV absorption—the best is 100 percent absorption.


Look for a scratch resistant polycarbonate plastic lens that is polarized so that it reduces brightness. Polarization does not protect UV rays, but it can improve vision by removing glare.

To test if your sunglasses are good for you, hold them away from your eyes a few inches and look at a square pattern, such as a tiled floor. Close one eye and move the glasses up and down. If the lines between the squares or rectangles squiggle, then you need to keep looking.

Be mindful of any claims that may not appear legitimate. Some brands promise you additional protection, but there isn’t much research behind many of these claims.

Lastly, with or without sunglasses, never look directly at the sun.

Author Bio

Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.


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