Healthy Living

Sun Safety Health Tip of the Day: Monday

Sunglasses provide necessary protection from harmful UV rays. Žiga Vuk, Creative Commons

Wear sunglasses to protect not only your eyes but also the sensitive skin surrounding them. Large-framed and, best of all, wrap-around sunglasses are more likely to protect your eyes from light coming in from different angles.

Young woman -sunglasses -visiting Zoo Vienna-7Aug2009

It's not about how dark your sunglasses are; UV protection comes from an invisible chemical applied to the lenses, not from the color or darkness of the lenses. Ideally, sunglasses should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. Look for an ANSI label that says “UV absorption up to 400 nm” or “Meets ANSI UV Requirements.” Those labeled “cosmetic” block about 70 percent of UV rays. If there is no label, assume that the sunglasses will not provide any UV protection.

Leo Mansell 2010

Children need smaller versions of real, protective sunglasses – not toy glasses. Take a moment to briefly discuss sun safety with your child.