Choosing a Pair of Sunglasses for Your Eye Health
The following are some of the keys to Choosing a Pair of Sunglasses that will help with Snow blindness and will really Protect Your Eyesight.
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This painful condition can be associated with temporary Loss of Vision for up to 48 hours.
Suggestions on protecting your eyes include:
1) Look for a label that tells you how much UV protection the glasses offer. Ideally, your shades should block 99% to 100% of UV radiation. You may also choose eye wear that meets the Australian Standard AS1067. This means that the glasses will block 95 per cent of UV radiation.
2) Close-fitting glasses help block light more effectively, look for wraparound shades or large lenses.
3) Dark colored sunglasses don't necessarily protect you better. It's a special coating on the lens that makes them safe, not their darkness.
4) Gray, green, and brown lenses usually give better protection than other colors.
5) Yellow or brown tinted lenses are more effective at counteracting the 'blue' glare on snow.
6) Brimmed hats can block at least half of UV radiation from reaching the eyes.
7) More expensive shades may be more fashionable, but they don't necessarily provide more protection.
8) Sunglasses and goggles can be fitted with prescription lenses, if necessary.
See your optometrist for more information.
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