How to pick the right pair of sunglasses

Sunglasses do make a fashion statement and never lose their popularity. They are very much part of glamour and style but with such a wide variety available on the market, selecting the right pair can be a daunting task. However, you can easily find sunglasses that are flattering, functional and affordable and the first thing to consider is that sunglasses are not only just another accessory to adorn your face, they should help to protect your eyes from the damaging effects of  prolonged sun exposure.

Sunglasses protect the eyes in the same way that sunblock protects the skin. Thus, the primary consideration is to pick sunglasses providing 100% protection against UV rays to help reduce the cumulative effect of sun-exposure, which can lead to cataracts or macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses in bright light conditions can also prevent the development of wrinkles around the eyes. The most prominent of these is the formation of so called "crow’s feet", which are lines radiating from the outer corner of the eye brought on by excessive squinting.

When you buy a pair of sunglasses, pay special attention to the lenses, which should be of good quality without distortions and not prone to scratches. Also, choose a frame that compliments the color of your skin and conforms to the shape of your face. In general, avoid round frames if you have a plump or round shaped face, straight lines or angular frames are better. Rounded frames suit long or oval faces best. On the other hand, for square shaped faces, curved frames are most complimentary. Avoid angular shapes if you have a heart shaped face and go for ovals straight across the width of the face.

Sunglasses should fit properly, especially on the nose and ears and they should also fit closely near the brows, but the eyelashes should not touch the lenses. It is also wise to pick frames that are not too heavy, not only to avoid pressure marks on the sides of your nose, but also lessen facial muscle fatigue leading to headaches. To avoid eye strain, consider polarized lenses, which cut down on glare and are especially useful when driving and engaging in activities by the water or snow on a sunny day. 

Mirror sunglasses are quite popular these days and not only because they offer a certain degree of anonymity. They are more durable and scratch resistant than some other coatings and come in many different styles, lenses and colors while offering 100% UV protection. And because they reflect light rather than absorbing it, they reduce glare while offering a brighter field of vision. 

One thing to consider when buying sunglasses is the fit. If you have an old pair of glasses, have a look at the inside of the temple piece, which is the long arm of the frame that fits over the ears. Each pair of glasses displays the sizing information in millimeters on the inside as follows.                         

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