Whether you are looking forward to the lazy days of summer in the Southern Hemisphere or the ski slopes in the Northern Hemisphere, you will need good sunglasses. I have purchased new ones based on the recommendations of Dr. Amir Khan from the Mayo Clinic. In his 2010 article, Advice on Shopping for Sunglasses in Mayo Clinic Women`s HealthSource, Dr. Khan recommends the following:
- check the label to ensure that the glasses block 90-100% of UVA and UVB rays. If there is no UV protection information on the label look elsewhere
- price does not indicate protection
- polarized lens reduce glare, which is great if you spend time on the water or snow, but does not equate with UV protection
- the colour or darkness of the lens does not indicate UV protection
- wraparound and/or styles, which fit the eyes closely will block the most UV rays
- wear sunglasses anytime you are outside and need sun protection
- extended exposure to UV rays increases risk of cataracts and some suggest it can also increase risk of macular degeneration
I bought sunglasses , which were endorsed by the Cancer Society. They are large enough to fit over my prescription glasses, but are also stylish looking. But if you want to see which sunglasses would best frame your face, check out this Youbeauty site.
Until next time,
Your Boomer Life Partners
Reference: Khan A. Mayo Clinic office visit. Sunglasses. An interview with Amir Khan, M.D. Mayo Clinic Womens` HealthSource. 2010 Jul;14(7):6.