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The Best Sunglasses To Wear


Your best defense against eyelid cancer (and other eye damage) is to wear sunglasses with lenses that block UV rays and to wear them year-round, even on overcast days.

Select From Sunglasses That
Offer These Lens Features

  • Lenses that absorb and block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB light and, if possible, protect against high-energy visible (HEV) light, high-frequency light in the violet/blue band and a cause of age-related macular degeneration.
  • Lenses big enough to shield your eyes, eyelids and surrounding skin. Look for wraparound styles with a close fit and UV-protective side shields.
  • Lenses that meet ANSI and/or ISO standards for recognizing the colors on traffic signals when you are driving and are impact-resistant.
  • Polarized lenses, that eliminate glare when used while driving, in the snow and on the water.

Resource: American Academy of Ophthalmology