Choosing sunglasses every spring or summer can be a daunting task. With so many styles available, it’s hard to know which pair offers the best protection. Additionally, many people choose to purchase fashionable sunglasses rather than sunglasses that will best protect their eyes. To ensure the long-term health of your eyes, you need to be able to identify sunglasses with the proper level of protection. According to the American Optometric Association, here are three things to consider when choosing sunglasses:
Block at least 99% of UV-A and UV-B radiation
The sun’s UV radiation can cause cataracts, cancer of the eyelids and snow blindness. Make sure your sunglasses have the proper UV protection by checking with your optometrist.
Screen out 75% to 90% of visible light
Ensure tint is uniform throughout the entire lens, not darker or lighter in one area.
Gray lenses for proper color recognition and free of distortion and imperfection
To ensure the lens is blocking enough light, try them on in front of a mirror. If you can easily see your eyes, the lenses are probably not dark enough.