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Sharon Basaraba

Which sunglasses are best?

By July 22, 2013

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If you're like me, at any one time you've got several pairs of cheap sunglasses on the go: in your purse, in your car, and everywhere in between.  I never spend too much on sunglasses because I'm so likely to lose them, drop them, sit on them, or have them scraping up against an abrasive emery board at the bottom of my handbag.

The good news is, keeping your eyes protected in the sun doesn't require expensive eyewear.  Coatings that block out 100% (or very nearly) of the sun's UV rays are not necessarily a costly option.  Like inexpensive magnifying reading glasses, sunglasses that filter out both UVA and UVB rays are available in drugstores and convenience stores.  Just make sure you look for any distortions or defects like bubbles in the lenses that might cause eyestrain.  Hold the glasses at arm's length and twist them a quarter-turn while looking through or at the lenses.  If the image distorts, choose another pair.

You may find that as you age, you need your sunglasses more than you used to because you find glare more annoying. Regardless, you should be wearing sunglasses when you're in the sun - and consider a wide-brimmed hat as well, to protect your eyes as well as your skin, against premature aging.

For my full article about how to choose the best sunglasses, click here

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