Sunglasses can be a fashionable accessory and help keep the sun out of your eyes, but did you ever consider that sunglasses can help prevent some of the signs of aging? It’s true! Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from squinting, which over time can cause wrinkles and expression lines. Quality sunglasses with UV protection can also help prevent cataracts, another product of aging. So now that you know why you need them, how do you find a pair that’s right for you?
What’s your style? From classic styles like aviator and wayfarers to retro cat’s eye, clear frames or oversized, round Jackie O-inspired looks – when it comes to sunglasses, everything old is new again. Which look is right for you? You’ll probably want to try lots of frames and bring a friend (or post some selfies!) and get a few opinions. The best frames are the ones that suit your face and your style because sunglasses you like are sunglasses you’ll wear!
If you purchase sunglasses from an eye care professional, you not only get to pick out the perfect frame, but also the color, type, and level of tint. Grey or Brown/Amber are the most popular for general purpose and look great in most frames. A grey tint is best for light reduction and color perception, and an amber tint can improve contrast and enhance depth perception. A gradient tint will also allow you to read more clearly when you look down to read or drive. Polarized lenses also reduce glare and are great for driving and outdoor sports.
No matter the style or the tint, be sure to select sunglasses that block 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays to offer your eyes the best protection. Cheap sunglasses may not block these dangerous rays and could actually be worse than not wearing sunglasses at all! The pupil of your eye will dilate to let in even more of the damaging rays, so be sure you are wearing quality sunglasses that provide proper UV protection. Along with Christie’s REFOCUS Under Eye Treatment, the right pair of sunglasses can help keep your eyes looking young!