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Common Myths About Sunglasses That Can Hurt You

Wearing Sunglasses

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  • Virtually all parts of your eye, including the skin around it, can be damaged by excessive sun exposure, but your eyes also need exposure to full-spectrum light to function optimally
  • Avoid wearing sunglasses during all daylight hours, as this will block beneficial wavelengths of light from reaching your eyes
  • Reserve your sunglasses for high-exposure activities, such as downhill skiing or water activities; a hat with a brim will generally provide adequate sun protection for your eyes the rest of the time
  • When choosing sunglasses, look for a label that says 99-100 percent UV absorption or UV 400 (which means they block all UVA and UVB rays)

By Dr. Mercola

Just as a natural, non-toxic sunscreen can be beneficial when you're going to be exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight, sunglasses, too, have their place.

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