Selecting sunglasses to safeguard your sight

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to sunglass selection: those who champion the cheapies, knowing they’re prone to scrapes, losses or the dreaded ‘seat crunch.’ Then there are those who spare no expense for the sake of style, who cradle their shades as though they were newborns. You know who you are – that first solitary scratch can feel like an open wound on your soul, right?

Unfortunately, bargain-bin shades often skimp on the necessary 100 percent UV protection, putting you at risk of eye ailments such as cataracts and macular degeneration. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, here are tips for picking the perfect pair:

Lastly, remember to protect the little ones. Snag a well-fitted pair with full UV protection for them and team it with a UV-blocking hat. If you wear prescription glasses, consider transition lenses or prescription sunglasses – whichever you’ll wear more often is better. Read more about conditions caused by UV exposure and tips for protecting your eyesight from Roper St. Francis Healthcare affiliated ophthalmologist Dr. Joe Lally.

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