Protect Your Eyes In Style

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - When it comes to sunglasses, finding the right protection for your eyes should be top priority.

Alana Plahetka never goes anywhere without her sunglasses. "My eyes are very light and really sensitive. So every time I step outside, I have to put them on."

Just like your skin, the sun can damage and age your eyes. Overexposure can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration, which cloud and blur vision.

Not keeping your eyes covered can also cause skin cancer in and around the eyelids. Experts say you don't have to skimp on style… just make sure your glasses block the harmful UV rays.

Darker lenses do not mean you're wearing the best weapon against the sun. They can actually dilate your pupils and cause more damage.

Also, stick with amber and light charcoal grays and try wearing close fitting or wrap around frames.

You only have one set of eyes, so you have to be careful and take care of them.

Here are some WEB EXTRA tips:

Am I at risk for eye problems caused by UV rays?

Everyone is at risk for eye problems caused by the sun. Even children are at risk for damaging their eyes. The risk of sun related eye problems is higher for people who:

  • spend long hours in the sun

  • have had cataract surgery or have certain retina disorders

  • are on certain medicines, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics, and tranquilizers that increase the eye's sensitivity to light.

What type of sunglasses should I get?

When you buy your sunglasses, look for a label that tells you how much UV radiation the lenses of the sunglasses reflect. Experts say that your sunglasses should block 99-100% of both UV-A and UV-B rays. You should also consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat along with your sunglasses. This will help to block the sunlight from overhead.

Do children need sunglasses?

Yes. Children are at special risk from the harmful effects of UV, since their eyes do not have the same ability as adults to protect from UV radiation.

Here are some helpful suggestions for choosing sunglasses for children:

  • Check to make sure the sunglasses fit well and are not damaged,

  • Choose sunglasses that fit your child's lifestyle-the lenses should be impact resistant and should not pop out of the frames,

  • Choose lenses that are large enough to shield the eyes from most angles, Find a wide-brimmed hat for your child to wear along with the sunglasses.

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