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Wearing sunglasses is not just about fashion

Don't forget to wear your shades!
Don't forget to wear your shades!

Sunglasses are are great fashion accessory and good for you for donning sunglasses in the bright sun — the less you squint, the less prone you'll be to wrinkling. But the benefits of sunglasses include more than making you look good at the beach — they can help block UV light to the eye area, where the skin is thin and prone to wrinkling. So keep a pair in your bag and slip them on every time you go outside.  So besides providing style, here are 5 things you should know:

1. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight has been associated with the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Quality sunglasses protect your eyes by blocking 100 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays. Sunglasses also protect the delicate skin around the eyes from UV rays that cause wrinkles and premature aging.

2. Sunglasses reduce glare.
All surfaces reflect light. Reflective glare is particularly dangerous when driving, riding a motorcycle, skiing, or boating. Sunglasses reduce glare for safer, more comfortable vision. Polarized sunglasses are particularly effective at reducing glare from surface reflections.

3. Sunglasses protect your eyes from wind, dust and debris.
Sunglasses are an effective wind barrier. Wearing sunglasses reduces the rate of evaporation of tears and helps keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Sunglasses also help keep contact lenses from drying out and prevent windblown particles from getting in your eyes. If you suffer from dry eyes choose a "wrap" style which are close fitting, more protective and very fashionable.

4. Sunglasses reduce headaches and eyestrain.
Muscle fatigue associated with squinting and constant constriction of the pupil can lead to headaches and eyestrain. Sunglasses reduce the amount of light reaching the eyes to a more comfortable level. This increases comfort and reduces the risk of headaches and eyestrain.

5. Sunglasses improve vision.
Our eyes require a certain range of ambient light for good vision. Too much light is as bad as too little. Excessive brightness causes glare, light-induced "bleaching" of the retina, and squinting - all of which can temporarily reduce visual acuity. On bright sunny days, sunglasses reduce the amount of light that reaches the retina to more optimal levels for clear, comfortable vision.

So grab some shades and they don't have to cost a fortune. You can find affordable and chic styles with 100% UV ray protection at Target starting at $14.99.



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