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Protect Your Eyes while Having Fun in the Sun

Sunglasses are protective eye gears that shield your eyes from the hazards of ultraviolet rays (UV) of the sun.  Excessive exposure to UV rays, especially in the younger years of life, may lead to cataracts and retinal disease, and these consequences only become apparent as the person grows older.  The cells of the eye lens never get replaced and the proteins of the lens are never replenished.  Likewise, damage to the macula, which is a small, sensitive area of the retina responsible for central vision, is irreversible. With continuous damage to the eye by the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun, visual acuity degenerates and the condition may lead to total blindness.

Children and Retinal Damage

The risk for retinal damage from the sun's rays is greatest in children less than 10 years old so it is appropriate for them to wear sunglasses, especially between 10am and 2pm when UV exposure is most hazardous. People with darker eye color have partial protection from harmful UV rays because of their darker pigments but would still need to wear protective eye gears. Those with light-colored eyes need eye protection all the more. Healthcare professionals recommend wearing sunglasses every time you are outdoors to protect yourself from ultimately serious eye problems.

Choosing Sunglasses

For sunglasses to effectively protect your eyes it should block 99 to 100% UVA and UVB radiation, have large lenses that fit close to the eyes and can block visible blue light. There are different kinds of sunglasses, but oversized frames with broad temple arms for maximum coverage in front and protection from stray lights on the sides provides greatest benefits.

You may want to consider anti glare or polarized lens if you are sporty, loves diving or fishing because it effectively eliminates glare from the reflection of water or glass. Choose sunglasses that offer effective protection to your eyes but get the pair with frames that flatter your face. Select frames opposite your face shape, rectangular for a round face and round frames for angular face. Oval frames look good on most face shapes. It should preferably be made of shatterproof materials, lightweight and comfortable to wear. Select a style that will easily complement your current fashion ensemble and not overpower them.

Sunglasses Fashion and Function

Because you wear them on your face, sunglasses function not only for eye protection but also as fashion accessory.  It serves as a chic headband when placed on top of your head.  Few decades ago, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, two of the biggest fashion icons who exemplify elegance and sophistication set the trend for oversized sunglasses.  People are just drawn to imitate them to attain that movie-star look.  Until now, famous supermodels and prominent Hollywood celebrities usually set fashion trends for these highly functional spectacles as they take advantage of the large lens to cover their puffy or bare eyes and presumably to hide from paparazzi. 

Summer and Sunglasses

Summer wear is never complete without a pair of oversized sunglasses, which by the way offer additional protection on skin around eye because of its maximum coverage. But summer or not, oversized sunglasses seemed to have become a fashion staple. Some splurge in getting designer sunglasses while others save and choose the less known brands and less expensive pairs.

Designer sunglasses have become exorbitantly priced but people continue to splurge in this merchandise because they offer durability, functionality in eye protection together with the fashion statement that goes with wearing them. For those who want to save, know what to look for in sunglasses as explained above and you can still enjoy functionality and style plus affordability.  Whether you want to splurge or save, get a pair of oversized sunglasses now if you don’t have them yet because it is not just a fashion accessory but a necessity.

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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Very informative and helpful Mama Sez! I just can't get enough of your hubs. Happy summer! =)

Lizzy Paris 6 years ago

Great post, I've written a bunch of articles about this. Buying designer sunglasses does not necessarily mean you get quality eye protection. So learning how to choose is something you should learn about before you buy sunglasses. is a good resource to buy.

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