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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Beware of Large Sunglasses

Not surprisingly, wearing sunglasses that block your vision is not good for preventing driving accidents.  The UK DailyMail reports on this latest health danger,

"Wide arms and dark lens tints may be the must-haves of the moment, but fashion- conscious women should put safety ahead of style when in control of a car." The Eyecare Trust examined five styles of fashionable sunglasses and found that only two weresuitable for driving.

Trustee Rosie Gavzey said the darkest shades fail to allow a minimum proscribed eight per cent of visible light through and are illegal. Pink tinted lenses can make it difficult to read road signs or spot hazards by distorting colours and wide-armed glasses create blind spots.

Aviator style glasses that curve around the eyes and have slim arms are recommended, along with anti-reflective lenses coloured in neutral brown or grey shades.

Mrs Gavzey said: "Chunky frames could pose a hazard when driving. Motorists need good all-round vision and a visual range of at least 120 degrees.

The article goes on to note that convertible cars put women at risk for skin cancer.   Being fashionable and safe is so difficult. . . .

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