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.
- Buy sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV rays
- Make sure the sunglasses cover the entire eye area including eyelids.
- 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.
- Polarized lenses are preferred and help reduce dangerous glare.
- 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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