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Pull Down Those Shades

Don't put away your sunglasses when the sky gets overcast. Eye specialists are advising people to wear sunglasses in various kinds of weather, year round. Employee Health and Fitness reports that exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage unprotected eyes during sunny or cloudy weather, just as it's possible to get sunburn even on a cloudy day.

Ultraviolet rays can cause short-term irritation and temporary loss of vision, as well as cataracts and other disorders over the long term. What kind of sunglasses are best? The newsletter suggests a close-fitting model, with shatter-resistant (glass or plastic) lenses that are treated to filter out UV-A and UV-B rays.