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Sunglasses Buying Guide – Top 5 Things to Know

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July 11, 2013

 Looking for some new sunglasses? Check out these 5 tips from the McFarland Clinic Eye Center to make sure the ones you are buying will protect you from the sun.

  1. Buy sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV rays
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Make sure the sunglasses cover the entire eye area including eyelids.
  4. Lens tints filter the light different, but don’t impact UV protection
    • Green—Reduces eyestrain in bright light and enhances contrast.
    • Gray—Allows true color perception, but does not enhance contrast.  
    • Brown—Good in hazy sun, enhances contrast; good for high-glare environments.
    • Amber—Brightens cloudy skies; excellent for contrast; minimizes eyestrain.
    • Yellow—Improves contrast and depth perception in low light.  
    • Red—Excellent depth perception in low light.
    • Mirrored—Reflects high-intensity light to reduce glare; available in various colors.
  5. Polarized lenses are preferred and help reduce dangerous glare.
  6. Not wearing sunglasses is better than wearing sunglasses that don’t offer UV protection, so make sure you at least follow tip number 1.

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