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Protecting Your Eyes From UV Rays: Choosing The Best Sunglasses

Irrespective of what you wear, a great pair of sunglasses will instantly elevate your looks. However, you have to understand/know the right pair for you. Wearing the right pair of sunglasses does not only improve your looks, but also protect you against dangerous ultraviolet rays. Here is an overview of a few factors that you need to consider when buying sunglasses to protect you from the sun:

Go for Bigger Sunglasses

The more coverage your sunglasses can provide, the less damage the sun will inflict on your eyes. Accordingly, if you want optimum protection, go for bigger and oversized or wraparound-style pair of glasses, which will help you cut down on the UV light entering your eyes from the side.   They will also protect your eyes from sand and other allergens, which are never good for your eyes either.

Go For 100 percent UV protection Glasses

This is one of the most important factors to consider when shopping for unique sunglasses. Look for stickers or tags indicating that the pair that you plan to buy will block 100 percent of the harmful UV rays.

Color of the Sunglasses Doesn't Matter

Contrary to what many people believe, when it comes to sunglasses, color doesn't matter---whether it has amber, gray or green lenses, it will still protect your eyes. Although some may not block as much sun, they increase contrast, which is can be useful if you are an athlete.

In fact, many people believe that darker lenses protect you better. It is important to remember that this is not true. While darker lenses may look cool, they do not necessarily offer more protection or block more UV rays.  

Cost Factor

Your sunglasses don't have to be too expensive to protect you from the harmful UV lights. Provided that they are marked or labeled as 100 percent UV-blocking, they can just be as effective irrespective of their prices.


When it comes to choosing the best lenses, you may be confused as whether to go for plastic, shatterproof glass or polycarbonate material. The truth is, it is doesn't matter: it is a matter of taste and personal preferences. What is important is how well you can see through them. Remember that some lenses, for instance, more curved ones can have some form distortion---though this is not always the case.

Polarization Only Cut Glare

Polarization of your sunglasses has only one effect: reducing glare from reflective objects and surfaces such as pavements and water. Accordingly, they won't protect your eyes from the harmful UV light, but can make certain activities such as driving, diving or being on the water more fun and safer.  

Bottom Line

Slipping on a pair of sunglasses before you go out or every time you step out is more than just achieving a great look. It is critical for other factors as well. So remember to grab those pair of sunglasses before you head for the park, beach, or anywhere outside. If possible, grab some for your kids and other people in your life as well. And remember to have them whether it is cloudy or bright.

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