Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement
“Most people know that UV radiation can damage skin, but they don’t realize it’s also bad for eyes. You wear your sunglasses only when it’s sunny? That’s like saying ‘I only smoke sometimes.’ Wear sunglasses big enough to block the light from above and below—they should have thick sides or wrap around. If you wear contacts, ask for UV coating.” — Stephen Cohen, OD, past president of the Arizona Optometric Association. Don’t miss these other 10 sunglasses myths that might be ruining your eyes.
Carrots aren’t the secret to eye health
“Despite what generations of parents have told their kids, carrots aren’t the best food for your eyes. That honor goes to spinach, kale, and other dark, leafy veggies.” — Andrea Thau, OD, associate clinical professor at the SUNY College of Optometry. Check out these other habits that can improve your vision that have nothing to do with eating carrots.
Polarized isn’t best for every situation
“Polarized sunglasses are great at reducing glare, but they can make it difficult to see the LCD on your cell phone or navigation system. It’s harder to see an ATM screen when you’ve got polarized sunglasses on too.” — Janice Jurkus, OD