Who doesn’t enjoy wearing a glamorous pair of sunglasses?  While the fashion accessory has become an important part of our everyday lives, serving as a wardrobe staple, its main purpose is to protect the eyes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation damage.  According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, buyers should select sunglasses which block 99 to 100 percent of all UV light.  The color and the degree of darkness of the lenses are actually no indication of the lenses’ ability to block UV light.  While, polarized lenses are purported to aid in protection, they have nothing to do with UV light absorption.  They simply cut reflected glare, making them particularly useful for driving, skiing, and fishing.  When selecting polarized lenses, is best to buy ones which combine UV protection.

Will wearing sunglasses protect the skin from developing fine lines and hyper-pigmentation?  According to celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Helen Horn Fincher, it does make a difference!  “Not squinting helps prevent crows feet and hopefully helps Botox last longer,” she suggests adding that “the physical barrier of the sunglasses helps in and of itself to protect the skin from brown spots and degradation of collagen from the sun that causes (oh no) wrinkles and crepey texture.”  In other words, glasses should be a second line of defense to a broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.  Note:  UVB radiation is considered more dangerous to the eyes and skin than UVA radiation.

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