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Sunglasses do more than make you look good – they protect your eyes. But be sure your sunglasses offer the right protection. “Sunglasses should block out at least 99 percent of ultraviolet A and B rays to prevent cataracts,” says Riemer Eye Center optometrist Correen Hayes, O.D.

“Sunglasses should also protect against ‘blue light,’ which increases your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration that can lead to loss of vision.” Even children should wear sunglasses when outside. And don’t forget your shades in the winter. “Bright winter sun and reflection off snow is as damaging as the sun on a July afternoon,” says Dr. Hayes.

Talk to your doctor about the right kind of sunglasses for you. With or without a prescription, sunglasses with optically ground lenses have the least distortion. This may encourage you to wear them more often. Visit any of the Riemer Eye Center Optical Stores to try out your next pair of shades. No appointment necessary. 

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