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Sunglasses not just for fashion

Sunglasses are widely considered a wardrobe essential along with shoes and handbags, but it’s easy to forget they also serve a more important purpose: to protect our eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.

“UV rays have a cumulative effect over time and can lead to serious eye diseases that don’t always have a cure,” warned Dr. Keith Gordon, vice-president of research and service quality at CNIB.

“This is why the best line of defense is prevention through quality sunglasses that block out these rays.

“UV rays can be present even on cloudy days or in the winter, so it’s important to wear sunglasses all year round,” he stressed.

When it comes to choosing the right pair of shades, the CNIB recommends looking for ones with at least 99 percent protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

“As Canadians start spending more time outdoors in the spring and summer, sun protection for the eyes should be a top priority right next to sunscreen and a hat,” Dr. Gordon said.

Children, in particular, need protection as their eye tissues are more susceptible to sun damage and they tend to be outdoors more often.

In celebration of Vision Health Month in May, the CNIB is calling on all Canadians to don their favourite shades on Thursday, May 26 to help raise awareness about the importance of eye health—and raise funds to support vital CNIB services in their communities.

For more information on how to participate in CNIB’s “Shades of Fun” Day, visit

Grab new shades! CNIB is holding its “Shades of Fun” celebrity sunglasses auction on eBay.

Don’t miss the chance to bid on your favourite celebrity’s shades.

To place your bid, visit

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