How To Choose Sunglasses That Will Actually Protect Your Eyes

Sunglasses are undoubtedly my favorite summer accessory.

Not only do they shield my eyes from the sun, but they’re cute, they make every outfit look more complete and they allow me to wear less makeup — win, win, win.

Below: me in my favorite sunglasses.

A big shout out to @greydogboutique for my new favorite sunglasses. 🖤 • • • #vscocam #ootd #vintage #sunglassesaddict

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But recently, I’ve started to do a little research on my favorite accessory, and I realized that not all lenses are created equal.

Apparently, the shape, size, quality and qualifications of your lenses play a big role in their legitimacy. And, without said legitimacy, you could suffer from major eye damage.

Let’s learn.

How To Choose Sunglasses That Will Actually Protect Your Eyes:

1. Polarized lenses are key.

While tinted lenses eliminate light, polarized lenses reduce the harsh glare that can irreversibly damage your eyes.

2. Check the UV protection.

When purchasing a new pair of sunglasses, make sure to check for a sticker or tag that indicates how much UV protection is offered.

If they don’t provide at least 98 percent protection from both UVA and UVB rays, keep looking.

3. Look for anti-reflective treatment.

Up to 50 percent of the UV rays that reach your eyes come from the back surface of your lenses.

Even though UV protection shields your eyes on the front end of your glasses, the sun’s reflection off the back can be just as damaging.

4. Wrapped sunglasses give your eyes more protection.

If you’re wearing sunglasses (like aviators) that sit more forward on your face, you’re letting in rays from the top and sides of your lenses.

To get the most protection, choose a pair that fits more snuggly on your face.

5. The bigger the sunglasses, the better.

This is pretty self-explanatory, but — the more surface area covered, the safer your eyes are going to be from the sun.

6. Try to avoid flat lenses.

Though they’re cute and my personal favorite, flat lenses don’t offer enough coverage.

To prevent light from sneaking in around the sides, top and back of your lenses, pick a pair of glasses that will wrap and fit more tightly.

So, ready to take your ultra-protective eye wear to the beach? We can help!

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