Newsletter X - UV Protection Sunglasses

Many of our customers ask us how to choose quality UV protection sunglasses, so we decided to give you some brief guidelines.

There are an estimated 300 million sunglasses distributed each year in the United States, so it is important to know why you should wear them and how to identify those that best block UVA and UVB.

Cataracts, macular degeneration and melanoma of the eye are commonly attributed to ultraviolet radiation or UV damage. UV damage to the eye can occur at any age. People of all ages should wear UV protection sunglasses. Children's Sunglasses and Infant Sunglasses should be routinely worn whenever they go outside.

All sunglasses filter UV to some degree, but not all sunglasses offer the same UV protection. Check the label for UV standards. Glasses that block 99.5% or more UVA and UVB rays between 290 and 400 nanometers offer the best protection. In addition, wrap around frames offer excellent protection because they block tangential UV from the side of your face.

Sunglasses with lens tints that are too light will not block glare. Lens tints should be uniform, not streaked or with dark or light spots. Frames should fit comfortably and not too tightly. Polarized sunglasses are used for blocking glare from surfaces like sand or water.

UV protection sunglasses are an essential part of complete sun protection. Wear them all year round.