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Your Best Beach Accessory

Whether you’re heading to the sand or just kicking it poolside this weekend, you know that sunglasses are a MUST for protecting the delicate, wrinkle-prone skin around your eyes. But did you also know that the sun’s rays can damage your actual eyes? We chatted with Dr. Eliot Grossman, LensCrafter’s eye expert, for his best tips on staying protected during this summer:

  • Look for sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. If you’re not sure if yours are blocking the rays, see your eye doctor (the assessment only takes about a minute).
  • Wear contacts? While some lenses provide UV protection, they don’t cover your entire so you still need to slip on the shades.
  • You still need to wear sunglasses when it’s overcast outside (radiation passes right through clouds) or if you’re in shady areas. Your eyes will still be exposed to rays that bounce from buildings, roads, water, sand, etc. Better to be safe than sorry!

Want more surprising sun protection scoop? Check out our Boost Your Sun Savvy story in our June 2010 issue.