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Last Updated: Tuesday July 16 2002 12:06 GMT

How to buy safe sunglasses

Victoria Beckham

It's important to look for sunglasses that are not only cool but that are also going to protect your eyes from the sun's rays.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for shades:

  • When buying sunglasses look for the CE/British Standards mark. This shows that the shades meet European safety standards.
  • Look for a special label that says they block out 99% - 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays. These rays are the parts of sunlight that can harm your eyes.
  • Remember that wearing sunglasses that don't block out these rays can be worse than not wearing any at all.
  • Look for sunglasses that are close fitting as they help stop light getting round the edges - wraparound shades and large lenses are good too.
  • Plastic lenses are often better than glass ones and are harder to break.
  • Don't be fooled by the price - more expensive shades might be more fashionable but don't usually give more protection.
  • Brown, amber and grey lenses usually give better protection than other colours.
  • Dark coloured sunglasses don't necessarily protect you better. It's a special coating on the lens that makes them safe, not their darkness.