Sunglasses do more than make a stylish statement, they protect your precious eyes from damaging UV rays or Ultraviolet Radiation. What was once a fashion accessory is now a necessity. Elton John, Kim Kardashian, and Lady Gaga are just a few of the celebrities that have made sunglasses synonymous with style. You can do the same. Protection is easy and doesn’t have to cost a fortune. When selecting sunglasses, consider your face shape. John Lennon wore round glasses that suited his face. Eyewear is an investment you can’t afford to go without. This is especially true during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest. Eye protection should be a priority, not just during the Summer, but year-round. Even on a cloudy day UV rays are strong.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Fisherman, landscapers, and roofers are at risk for damage because of the amount of time spent working outdoors.
Models who pose at the beach or pool are at risk because of the sun reflecting against sand or water.
Young children are especially at risk because they are still developing and spend many hours playing outside without thinking of protecting their eyes.
Let’s face it we are all at risk by simply driving during those hours.
With so many stylish shapes such as round, square, rectangle, and asymmetrical, just to name a few, you are sure to find a style to fit your face, mood and budget. You may be tempted to grab the first pair you see, but I urge you to do your research. Remember, inexpensive isn’t always better. I go for style rather than shape; my favorite style is retro. We may not agree on style or shape, but one thing is certain; eye protection is a necessity. To get the most out of that protection, wear sunglasses daily, especially during the critical hours of 10 to 4. Having more than one pair means you can coordinate with your outfit or match your activity.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR INVESTMENT:
Clean after each use to remove perspiration, makeup, or sunscreen. Using a glass cleaner with ammonia can remove any protectant coating and damage your lenses. Instead use basic dish soap diluted with water and pat dry with a soft cloth, rubbing with any paper products can scratch the lenses. When in doubt, follow the manufacturers cleaning instructions. Store sunglasses, in a sturdy case to avoid scratches and broken lenses or frames as a result of being crushed at the bottom of your beach bag or glovebox.
You must be diligent to protect your skin from too much sun exposure to ward off the resulting damage of premature aging of skin, liver spots and skin cancer. Eye protection is just as important as UV damage can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and burning of the cornea. The larger the frame the greater the protection. Don’t hide from the sun. Reach for sunscreen and a stylish pair of sunglasses. For more information and advice on protecting your eyes please consult an eye doctor.
Stylist: Ro Martinez Rimes
Models: Erja Eskelinen, LaVonne Hinds