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Protecting your eyes from the sun
Wear proper sunglasses. Sunglasses aren’t optional accessories, because UV rays cause damage to the eyes that accumulates over time, and too much exposure can cause cataracts and even lead to blindness. Wear shades even when it’s cloudy; the larger the lenses, the better. Make sure the glasses completely block UVA and UVB rays. Polarized UV lenses go a step further, blocking reflected glare off sand and water.
Don’t blame your glasses. If you wear eyeglasses, you can order lenses treated with a clear coating that blocks UV light. Some contact lenses are also now made with UVA and UVB blockers.
Remember the lids. Each year, up to 500,000 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer of the eyelids, so remember the upper and lower lids when you apply sunscreen. Mineral-based formulas cause the least stinging if some touches the eye.
Source: Martha Stewart Living