Doctors now recommend using sunglasses anytime while outdoors.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, even if you are not exposing your eyes to the intense glare of water or snow, ultraviolet radiation from the sun can permanently damage your eyes.But an expensive, eye-catching pair of shades is not always the right answer. Try these tips from The American Academy of Ophthalmology for buying sunglasses:
- Check the manufacturer's label to make sure the sunglasses are 99 or 100 percent UV-absorbent and/or meet the American National Standards Institute's guidelines. Look for UV absorption marked 400 nm. It's equal to 100-percent UV absorption.
- Don't rely on color and darkness of lenses as indicators of UV light protection.
- Don't assume that mirror-coated sunglasses will fully protect the eyes. Check the label first.
- Try to buy dark gray or dark green lenses, if possible. These colors cause less color distortion, which means they offer the safest, closest to normal color vision available.
- Don't be fooled by price. It bears no relation to the amount of protection.
- Use polarized lenses if frequently around water or snow.
- Choose wraparound or close-fitting glasses to protect more eye area.