Look cool play it smart

  • Health
  • Sunday, 08 Jun 2003

Sunglasses are those rare items in which doctor-approved safety intersects with a trendy fashion accessory. Medical experts can lecture on the benefits of many things,but until Keanu Reeves looks cool doing it in a movie, it won’t be a trend statement.  

Here are some tips on sunglasses from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Food and Drug Administration and Fucigna:  

Statements about blocking infrared rays and blue-blocking have nothing to do with UV protection and may not prevent eye damage.  

The term polarised means that the sunglass lenses reduce reflected glare but are not necessarily protective against UV light, unless the sunglasses contain a UV statement, too.  

Darkly tinted lens do not guarantee UV protection, nor does mirror coating. Look for a UV statement.  

Wrap-around sunglasses provide extra protection. Enough UV rays can enter around ordinary (non-wraparound) eyeglass frames to damage your eyes.  

Ensure the lens itself was ground and polished properly. Do this by trying on the sunglasses and placing a hand over one eye. Look at a straight line (tile floor, side of a cabinet) and slowly move your head from side to side, then up and down. The lenses are good if the lines stay straight. Try on another pair of sunglasses if the lines wiggle at all.  

Some contact lenses have UV protection. If yours don’t have UV protection, remember to wear UV-blocking sunglasses. – LAT-WP 

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