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What to look for when buying sunglasses

(HealthDayNews) -- During the winter months, the sun's rays can be just as strong and potentially harmful as they are in summer, particularly on the slopes. A good pair of sunglasses is an essential sun protection item, but choose wisely.

John Hopkins School of Medicine offers these tips:

  • Choose a pair that blocks 99 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays.
  • Don't be fooled by price -- some cheaper pairs of sunglasses absorb UV light better than more expensive ones.
  • Polarized lenses cut reflected glare, but don't block all of the UV light. Make sure the pair you pick offers enough UV protection.
  • If you're going boating or skiing where you'll be in the sun for a long period of time, consider large-framed wraparound glasses.
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