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Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Yes, you may remember to lather your skin with sunscreen before hitting the beach, and you may even remember to bring a sun hat so that you don’t get any more skin damage on your face, however, a lot of people tend to forget to protect their eyes from the sun as well. Just as your skin can get burned, your eyes can get burned as well, here are four ways to choose the right sunwear when you hit the beach.

eye protectionUVA and UVB Protection
Virtually all sunglass nowadays have at least UVA protection lenses in them. However, it’s a federal law that they have to indicate that they offer this type of protection on the label itself. Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection in them–this will help to ensure that your eyes are protected from the different types of UV rays the sun emitts.

Polarized Glasses
If you enjoy water-skiing or boating, a polarized sunglass option is the best thing for you. By helping to reduce the glare produced by reflected sunlight, polarized sunglasses will help you to see better and will protect your eyes from any sort of blinding glare that may bounce off of the water. Additionally, polarized sunglasses are a great option if you enjoy doing snow sports as well. However, keep in mind that polarized does not mean that it has UV protection in them, so make sure that your sunglasses come with both UV protection and a polarized treatment.

Enough Coverage
Although small round spectacles that resemble that of John Lennon are back in style, they may not be offering your eyes enough protection. When shopping for sunglasses to wear to a place like the beach, make sure that they cover your upper and lower eye, including the sides of your eyes as well. Remember that the sun is no stranger to sneaking into the cracks and crevices of things like sunglasses, so the more coverage you have, the better off you’ll be.

Protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. With these three tips, you can help to choose a sunglasses that will offer your eyes the protection they deserve.

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