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EyeSave Tip: There may be nothing more exasperating than choosing a new pair of sunglasses for the season. You stand in the store trying on pair after pair asking your friends or perfect strangers, "How do these look on me?" The process can take hours if you wander from store to store seeking that perfect style. It can take even longer if you're looking for more than one pair.
How do you make the process easier? It's simple. Start by choosing a good designer like Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses. Then visit only the places that sell that brand. Finally, use a chart to figure out your face shape; doing this will help you only pick out the glasses that have the potential to look great on your face, instead of trying them all.
So, when you're choosing sunglasses, do some homework before you start shopping. It'll save not only you time, but it'll save you from asking perfect strangers for their opinion.
Not all sunglasses perform the same function, so it's best to choose a specific pair for a specific function. For example, pick a pair such as the Serengeti sunglasses Serengeti-Driving Interstate or Driving-Mustang for commuting, biking, or vacationing, and a pair such as the Serengeti-Aviator for everyday wear. The driving sunglasses wrap around your head, giving you full protection from glare and side light that you might not need in sunglasses you wear every day.
Many of the dark, dark lenses on sunglasses actually do not protect the eyes any better from UV rays than the lighter lenses. Always check to see the UV rating of the sunglasses. They should filter out 99 to 100 percent of harmful UV rays. Don't assume dark lenses automatically filter out more harmful rays, always check.
Sunglasses need to protect the eyelids, too, because they are very susceptible to the UV rays of the sun. Sunglasses should cover the entire eye, even the top, and should wrap around the eye if you will be using the sunglasses for sports, or extensively outdoors. Wrap-arounds protect the eyes from dust, wind, side glare, and water. Make sure the sunglasses you choose protect your eyes all around!
If you wear contact lenses that adsorb UV rays, you may think you don't need sunglasses, but think again. The contacts only protect a very small portion of your eye. You need a good pair of sunglasses to protect the rest of the eye from UV ray damage. A good pair of sunglasses is really a small investment to make in your overall eye health.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|