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Sunglasses are a staple accessory for all of us. Ok, well if they aren’t a staple in your wardrobe yet they should be! Sunglasses are an accessory that are great for style AND function. Truthfully, many experts suggest that you should always wear sunglasses when you’re outdoors to protect your eyes from the sun. That’s right, the sun isn’t just harsh on our skin it’s also harsh on our eyes. They’re not just important, but not all sunglasses are created equally. To help you add the best sunglasses to your collection, we’re sharing our tips for choosing the right sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Lenses with UV Protection
We mentioned that your eyes need protection from the sun, much like your eyes do. One of the most effective ways to gain the necessary protection from the sun is by choosing sunglasses with lenses that provide UV ray protection. Fortunately, there are a lot of options and many brands are now offering lenses with built in UV protection in them. Generally the lenses and sunglasses are going to provide the information as to whether or not they offer UV protection to make it fairly easy for you to know when making a purchase.
Opt for Polarizing Lenses
In addition to choosing lenses that provide UV ray protection, many experts suggest to choose lenses that offer polarization on them. They are two very different features but both play a role in protecting your eyes. Polarization has been designed to help prevent glares when you’re looking through your lenses. When you have sunglasses that don’t have polarization it’s easy to feel like you’re struggling to see and may even find yourself squinting. Do yourself a favor and choose sunglasses with polarization on the lenses.
Frames that Offer Wrap-around Coverage
Unfortunately, it’s not enough to wear sunglasses that only protect the front of your eyes. Think about it, when you wear sunglasses that have very thin sides the sun can still effect your eyes from the sides. We know there are a lot of cute frame options with thin sides, however they’re not going to protect your eyes as well as you should be. Instead, experts suggest choosing frames that offer wrap around coverage. Thicker frames offer more protection to your eyes on the sides of your face/eyes so that you don’t have to worry about the sun getting to your eyes from the sides.
When choosing sunglasses, make sure that you’re focusing on choosing options that work for YOU first. We know there are so many fun trends and brands that are popular with sunglasses but they may not be the best fit or provide the best protection element for your eyes. Remember that you only have one set of eyes, the sun can do a lot of damage to your eyes and vision when you don’t thoroughly protect them from the sun’s harsh rays.