What You Need to Know About Sunglasses

Sunglasses make a huge fashion statement today, but sunglasses are not all about just fashion. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UVA & UVB rays preventing macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a condition that results in a loss of vision due to damage to the retina. Macular degeneration makes it difficult to read or to recognize faces. Ways to prevent macular degeneration include the following:


1. Wear Sunglasses that offer 100% UVA & UVB Protection

2. Wear wrap around sunglasses or bigger style sunglasses to block UV rays from all directions.

3. When purchasing sunglasses look for a tag or a sticker on the glasses stating the lenses are 100% UVA & UVB Protected.

4. Be sure to purchase sunglasses for your children and get them use to wearing sunglasses at a very young age.

5. There is absolutely no point in buying $2 sunglasses, I can assure you they will not be UV protected and will serve only as an accessory to your daily outfit.

STYLES – Polarized Sunglasses

Different activities require different styles of sunglasses. If you are looking for something for athletic activities you want to find sport sunglasses with rubber nose pieces and rubber ends on the stems. This will prevent slippage even if you are sweaty and/or vigorously moving about.

If you drive a lot or are planning to be around water fishing or boating, polarized sunglasses are what you need. Polarized Sunglasses reduce the glare from water and wet surfaces such as roads and windshields. Light reflected off of wet surfaces is horizontally polarized as opposed to scattered which creates a much more annoying band of light that is extremely bright making it hard to see.

If you are looking for riding sunglasses you have a few choices. You can buy sunglasses with foam inside the frame which prevents debris, bugs and wind from affecting your eyesight. These are referred to as foamerz. You can also choose to wear wrap around sunglasses with big lenses or riding goggles with or without interchangeable lenses or photochromic lenses. Interchangeable lens kits include clear, yellow and charcoal. These can be used from morning to night riding by simply changing the lenses as the sunlight permits. If you do not like the idea of having to stop to change the lens you can opt for the photochromic lenses which change colors as the sunlight changes from morning to night without any work on your part. These type of sunglasses are also referred to as transitional sunglasses.

Last but not least, if you are looking for just casual everyday sunglasses, there are plenty of options to choose from and they too should have lenses that are 100% UVA & UVB protection.


There are basically five different face shapes and listed below are the typical styles that fit these shapes.

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