Wednesday, December 29, 2010
If you're among the 57% of women who skip wearing sunglasses in winter (yup, that's me!), it's time to see the light (preferably behind a pair of protective lenses). Ultraviolet radiation is a danger even on cold or cloudy days. Plus, fresh snow reflects almost 100% of the sun's ultraviolet rays, doubling your exposure.
That could result in sunburned eyelids or corneas (Ouch! Have you ever burned your eyelids? I have - and it REALLY hurts). Even worse, lifetime UV overexposure could lead to cataracts.
Whether you're on the slopes or out for a brisk run or walk, don a pair of shades that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays and have these safety features:
Wraparound design protects the delicate skin near your outer eyes against cancer.
Amber tinted lenses block UV light as well as blue light, which may both cause retinal damage.
Shatter resistance-check specifications to see if they meet ANSI impact requirements.
It's funny, because I KNOW this stuff...but I still don't wear sunglasses. I really, really have to start wearing them.