Health Team

Some sunglasses give more protection than others

Posted July 9, 2010

When choosing sunglasses, finding the right protection for your eyes should be top priority.

Alana Plahetka said she never goes anywhere without her sunglasses.

"My eyes are very light and really sensitive, so every time I step outside, I have to put them on," Plahetka said.

As it does to skin, the sun damages and ages eyes. Over-exposure to sunlight can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration, which cloud and blur vision.

"If you don't wear your sunglasses, you will develop all these problems at an earlier rate and at a younger age," Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

Not keeping your eyes covered can also cause skin cancer in and around the eyelids.

"You want 100 percent ultraviolet protection for both UVA light and UVB light," Fromer said.

Sunglasses vary in protection Sunglasses vary in protection

Darker lenses do not mean that a pair of sunglasses is the best weapon against the sun. Dark lenses can dilate pupils, thereby causing more damage than lighter-colored lenses.

Stick with amber- and light, charcoal gray-colored lenses. Also try wearing close-fitting or wrap-around frames.

An expensive pair of sunglasses doesn't necessarily provide the best protection, so if you have doubts about the effectiveness of a pair, talk to an eye doctor.

Plahetka said that she always looks for protection first when picking sunglasses.

"You only have one set of eyes, so you have to be careful and take care of them," she said.


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  • Tiffany2007 Jul 15, 2010

    What a waste of time and energy. Not a very helpful article in the Life and Health section. Only read so I can at least buy a pair of sunglasses that this article is talking about so I can make sure my eyes are protected. Not enough info. I guess I'll stick to my "South Poles".

  • asaulter Jul 14, 2010

    That's nice, but if you are not going to give information on where to find said protection, or supply links to helpful information, this was pretty useless. A nice, fluffy piece with no meat.

  • MillerB Jul 13, 2010

    Seriously......tell us what you flippin

  • margotroll Jul 13, 2010

    It would have been nice if they mentioned some brand names that offer the 100% protection.