Tips for Choosing the Best Sunglasses
The weather forecast this summer – sunny and hot. Surprise! Actually, it is no surprise that this summer, just about wherever you go, will be warm and sunny. One easy way to protect your eyes from the strong summer sun AND prevent wrinkles is choosing the best sunglasses, so you can stop squinting.
Repetitive facial positions eventually lead to lines and wrinkles. Check out our blog Wrinkles – Genetics or Habits for more info on this. An easy, quick, and even affordable solution is to select the best sunglasses to protect your eyes and stop wrinkle producing squinting.
You can find sunglasses designed for every summer and winter activity. There are glasses for water sports, tennis, golf, driving, etc., as well as those that are designed purely for style. If you are like most of us, you own many pairs for different purposes. Be sure to pick those that meet your needs, but also only select sunglasses that protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays cause short and long-term eye damage according to the American Academy of Opthamology.
Six Easy Tips for Selecting Your Next Sunglasses
Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection
Only buy sunglasses that say 100% UV Protection. This is the most important thing to look for when selecting sunglasses. This sticker should be right on the lens. Be sure to look for it.
Big Means Less Squinting & Better Wrinkle Prevention
Size does matter. The more coverage offered by the sunglasses the less sun damage to your eyes. But, larger lenses also prevent squinting. This is where over-sized glasses or the wrap around sport styles are handy. Another key tip – wear 100% UV Protection sunglasses and a hat. Hats do a tremendous job eliminating glare to your eyes and sun on your skin.
Darker Lenses Don’t Mean Better Protection
While dark lenses may be stylish, they do not necessarily offer greater UV protection to your eyes, but you may find they block more light in general and do a better job at preventing wrinkle producing squinting.
Color Doesn’t Matter for UV Protection
Lenses come in a myriad of colors. Today’s glasses come in amber, green or gray lense colors. These shades do not block more sun, but they can sometimes increase the visual contrast. Many athletes find this visual contrast helpful.
Polarized lenses are designed to reduce glare from reflective surfaces, such as snow, pavement, or water. While this does not offer more protection from the damaging UV rays, it can reduce squinting and make you more comfortable enjoying outdoor activities. If you prefer polarized lenses, be sure they also provide 100% UV protection.
Protection Does Not Mean Pricey
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the proper protection from your sunglasses. Less expensive glasses that say 100% UV protection can be just as effective as more expensive brands. And, for those fashion focused friends, be sure your designer label glasses provide 100% UV protection, so you can be both stylish and smart.
Enjoy your summer and time in the great outdoors and be smart about your eyes and skin protection. Get the proper sunglasses, wear 25++ SPF sunscreen always and everywhere, and wear a hat!