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Select Your Specs – Tips To Find The Best Sunglasses This Season

Tips to Pick the Best Sunglasses for Sun Protection

IMG_4676Sunglasses are not only the cutest summer accessories but also the most vital. The Sun can damage the eyes in many different ways, from temporary sunburn all the way to an increased risk of developing cataracts. So this summer, make sure you’re picking out a pair based on protection rather than which pair is the cutest. These simple tips will help you choose a pair that will keep you most protected.

UV Protection

UV protection is going to be the first, and most important, factor you should look for when picking out your new shades. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase the risk of cataracts, sunburn the cornea and surrounding tissues, which could even result in tiny blisters on the surface of the cornea.  In order to prevent this damage it is vital that you choose the proper UV protection. Stickers on the lenses indicate the levels of protection that the lens provides. The stickers you want to look for are ones that say “Block 99% or 100% of UVA and UVB rays,” “Meet ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements,” and “UV 400 Protection.”

Good on the wallet usually means bad on the eyes

The danger of getting sunglasses from the $10 rack is that the lenses are usually stamped from molds, rather than cut individually and precisely, then buffed out by hand. A more expensive lens is most likely going to provide better optical quality.

Bigger is better

Sometimes glasses are referred to as the “bug eye glasses,” or just have really big lenses…you know the ones with the huge lenses that practically wrap around your face.  These have been proven to be the best protecting fit. Because they have such a large surface area, they minimize what UV light can get past the glasses. Simply, the more area covered, the less exposure to UV Rays.

Find a fit for you

Following the same principle as the last tip, you want sunglasses that fit snugly to your face because they prevent rays from sneaking in above the eyebrows or below eyes. Again, the more area covered, the more protection given.