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Health Answers: What should I look for when choosing sunglasses to protect my eyes?

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Q. What should I look for when choosing sunglasses to protect my eyes?

A. Most of us look for flattering frames when picking out sunglasses, but shades are more than a fashion statement. They also protect your eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Excessive UV exposure can cause sunburn-like damage to the eye or growths on the eye surface, and is linked to a higher risk of certain cataracts and possibly macular degeneration.

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