It’s summer time!
Everyone is grabbing the sunblock and a swimsuit to enjoy the great weather and soak up the sun. We always like to focus on the importance of sunblock, but we often overlook the importance of wearing sunglasses as well. They are no longer just a fashion statement for the likes of celebrities and fashion icons, but they are a vital part of your summer time wardrobe.
When shopping for sunglasses, it is important to look for a few key safety features to make sure you are getting the most protection.
Function over Fashion John Lennon-style sunglasses, with small lenses, make great fashion statements. However, they do not offer the protection your eyes need. When shopping for shades, look for wide lenses that are close-fitting. These will provide maximum protection. Additionally, sunglasses come in a variety of tints. These tints have little effect on the amount of UV protection, but if you are worried about color distortion, opt for gray tinted lenses.
UV Protection Make sure that the sunglasses you are looking at offer 98 to 100 percent UV protection. This is especially important for light-eyed people as their eyes are the most susceptible to the damage from UV rays. If you spend a lot of time on the water or driving, look into polarized lenses. These help to reduce glare and unnecessary eye strain.
Sometimes It Is Too Good to be True While those designer knockoffs look amazing on you, your eyes will pay the price for your fashion statement. Make sure you stick with well-established chain, drug, and department stores. Be wary of street vendors as they are not held to the same safety standards by the FDA as these established stores. If you shop around, you can find a good pair of sunglasses for $10 to $20.
Cover the Kids It is important to make sure that you take care of any kids in your life as well. Those Princess Sophia sunglasses may look adorable on the rack, but the increased risk of cataracts and blindness are not worth a little extra cuteness now. Studies have shown that children who start wearing sunglasses early in life have much healthier eyes in the long run. If your child is involved in sports, you might want to look into sport-specific goggles. These protect your child from eye injuries which are the leading cause of blindness in children.
Prescription Strength-Fashion For those of you who have prescription strength glasses, you can head over to the Contact Lens Center at The GW Medical Faculty Associates to get fitted for contact lenses or get yourself a snazzy pair of prescription sunglasses. Call 202.741.2800 to schedule your appointment today. Dr. Geneva Cleveland will make sure that not only do you look good, but your eyes are protected as well.
Summer is a great time of year! Just make sure that you keep yourself and your loved ones protected!