Nicole Richie brought big sunglasses back when she started sporting them ten years ago, and since then the trendsetter has done nothing but leave the mark on the importance of good eyewear. As one of the biggest accessories to add to your wardrobe, sunglasses aren’t just a fashionable way to avoid the flashing lights caused by the paparazzi, but they’re also an important way to help ensure good eye health.
If you’re on the lookout for some new shades, here are a few things to look for when picking your lenses.
UVA and UVB Protection
Just as you shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays, you should also shield your eyes. UV radiation can cause problems that will effect the cornea and could even cause severe damage such as blistering that could lead to blindness. When shopping for sunglasses, look for ones with a sticker or tag that says the lenses block at least 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
When shopping for new sunglasses, one of the biggest things to be concerned about is the shape of the glasses and how they fit your face. Yes, they should match your face shape and make you look like a supermodel, but they should also properly protect all areas around your eyes, including the sides. Sunglasses with rounder edges will provide you with not only frontal eye protection but side eye protection as well.
Although it might seem rational to assume the darker the lens, the more protection you will achieve, that’s actually far from the truth. Because the coating that gives your sunglasses the UV protection is clear, it doesn’t matter how dark your lenses are. However, lenses that are yellow or pink in tone, typically make things such as reading a stoplight or stop sign a little more difficult to comprehend.
As a likely very expensive purchase, choosing sunglasses isn’t just a stylistic choice but a medical one as well. By taking in the UV protection, shape, and lens color, your sunglasses will meet all of your vision needs.
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