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Choosing a pair of sunglasses for your new spring and summer wardrobe is a choice that involves not only fashion, but safety as well. There are scores of sunglass types available for consumers to choose from. They range in price from a few dollars up to hundreds of dollars a pair.

Many people equate the quality of the lens with the UV protection rating. This is not the case, as a pair of sunglasses that cost a few dollars can offer the same protection as glasses that cost hundreds. [1] The difference is in lens quality.

The more expensive glasses with better lenses will provide a more pleasing experience with clearer, sharper vision. One thing to keep in mind is that not all labeling information is accurate. Lower priced sunglasses should be checked by an optometrist to ensure they are providing the level of protection they advertise. There are many other myths about sunglasses that should be addressed before you spend any money.

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Myth 1

People do not need sunglasses on a cloudy day.

False: Clouds do not block UV so eye and skin protection is needed even on days when the sun is not shining. [2]

Myth 2

The color of the lenses is important in providing UV protection.

False: The color of the lenses has absolutely nothing to do with the amount or quality of the protection. [2]

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Myth 3

The darker the tint your glasses have, the better they protect your eyes.

False: The tint of the glasses has nothing to do with the amount of UV protection they provide. Sunglasses that have no tint and 100% UV protection are far better for your eyes than glasses with a heavy tint and inadequate UV protection. Dark glasses with poor UV protection are actually worse than skipping sunglasses because they cause your pupils to dilate and let in more UV rays. [1]

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Myth 4

Sun glasses need a UV coating for added protection.

False: If the sunglasses you choose already have adequate UV protection, you do not need to add UV coating. [1]

Myth 5

Adults need sunglasses more than children do.

False: Many children spend even more time in the sun than adults do. Finding cheap sunglasses for children that do not have adequate UV protection is also far more common. [1]

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Myth 6

Regular sunglasses provide better protection than photochromic lenses.

False: Provided that the photochromic lenses provide 100% UV protection, they provide the same protection as regular sunglasses. [1]

Myth 7

As long as the sunglasses provide 100% UV protection, the style does not matter.

False: Having small glasses that sit far from your eyes will let a great deal of light in. Wrap-around lenses provide the best protection, but at the very least stay away from small lenses. [2]

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Myth 8

All you need to protect your eyes from the sun is polarized, anti-glare lenses.

False: While these lenses do provide a more comfortable viewing experience and better clarity, they have nothing to do with UV protection. Most polarized lenses do provide UV protection, though, so check with your optometrist to have the UV level tested. [1]

1. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/18317378/ns/today-today_fashion_and_beauty/t/debunking-common-myths-about-sunglasses/
2. http://blogs.webmd.com/parenting-myths/2010/06/9-myths-about-sunglasses-part-2.html

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