Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement.
Summer has finally arrived! Before you hit the beach, make sure to have proper sun protection. Your eyes and the delicate skin around them are susceptible to accelerated aging due to excessive sun exposure. Wrinkles, cataracts, and age spots? No, thanks.
When you put on a pair of shades, you'll notice that your iris widens and the pupils dilate to allow more light into the eye. If your sunglasses do not have sufficient UV blockage, you are actually making your eyes more vulnerable to the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Look for a label that confirms blockage of these rays; typically denoted as UV400 or 99-100% UV absorption. (Note that polarized lenses, while nice for a crisper view, don't necessarily mean that they protect from UV rays.)
This does not mean that you must buy designer shades (you should check their labels too!), just be aware that your $5 deal might be costing you more than you thought.
Notorious for losing your shades? Watch this space for memory boosting tips in a future post!
p.s. Another great option is a wide-brimmed hat, protecting your eyes and your face.