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Why Sunglasses Are A Must

With summer sliding into fall, many people may not realize that sunglasses season is year round. Here, in a report from the Mayo Clinic, dermatologist Dr. Dawn Davis explains why a good pair of sunglasses is essential.

It’s a very good investment to have big sunglasses around the eyes,” Davis said in a Mayo interview. The skin around the eye is some of the thinnest skin on the body, and so it’s more susceptible to damage.

Additionally, Davis said in the interview, sunglasses help ward off skin cancer around the eyes. They also fight vision loss; ultraviolet light can pass through the eye to the lens, and cause cataracts.

Davis says says sunglasses help to prevent skin cancer around the eyes, and good shades also guard against vision loss. So, if you wear sunglasses, she explains, you decrease your risk over your lifetime of cataract formation.

Get children used to sunglasses, early, so they’ll have a lifetime good-health habit. Davis says that the ideal age is “as early, and as young, as they will wear them.”

When it comes to the ideal pair, Davis says to pick sunglasses labeled as having “broad spectrum coverage” – in other words, protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Dr. Davis says to choose sunglasses that are labeled as having broad spectrum coverage, or protection against UVA and UVB rays. Look for the same phrases on the sunglasses you buy for your children.

Overall, Davis says, the bigger the lens the better. Think Audrey Hepburn/movie-star style!

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