While not everyone you see when you go out today will be wearing sunglasses, the fact remains that they ought to be wearing some form of eye protection whenever they are outside for any length of time, and this includes driving in a car, and sitting under umbrellas. Indirect sun exposure can be harmful to your eyes, albeit not as intensely as direct exposure is. Wearing sunglasses helps your eyes by enhancing your eyes’ ability to filter light while they also protect your eyes from the damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. It is a known fact that by protecting the eyes with proper sunglasses, you can thereby reduce and even eliminate your potential for developing such conditions as cataracts and other forms of retinal dysfunction.

What You Need
In looking for sunglasses, you want to focus your search on good ones that offer glare reduction in addition to UV protection by filtering out anywhere from 99 to 100 percent of those rays. They should also be comfortable and they should not distort colors in any way. Many people do not realize that young children are at just as much risk from sun damage to their eyes as adults. Additionally, there are many medications that can make your eyes more susceptible to sensitivity to the sun’s rays. If you are not sure, ask your pharmacist about the meds you are prescribed. Some of the more commonly know medications to influence sun intensity to eyes are birth control pills, sulfa drugs, tetracycline, diuretics and some tranquilizers. Good sunglasses are all you need to be safe, when in doubt.

Protection and Style Abound, Everywhere
No reason to sacrifice one for the other. There are some amazingly hot sunglasses styles on the market this year. Here are a few:

  • Polarized, by Polaroid: These fun and eye catching (excuse the pun, here,) shades come in Polaroid’s latest Rainbow Collection offers a nice range of cool frame colors, and at very nice price. Their lenses are polarized, which means that they provide glare-free vision, better color filtration, 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, and reduce eye fatigue.
  • Go Giorgio: Armani, that is. These Armani beauties are a tribute to retro, featuring elegant tapered temples and rhomboidal rivets made of silver. A superb merging of sublime vintage with all the advanced tech modern shade crafting. Classic, and sweet.
  • Cutler and Gross Black on Crystal: Not for everyone, but if you have a spare $500 lying around somewhere to spend on some two-toned, mega-big shades, these might do the trick.
  • Karen Walker Super Worship in Orange: For half the Cutler and Gross shades price, you could be sporting these fun and fab round shades. These are a no-holes-barred attraction.
  • Dior: Be sure to check out Dior’s Extase eyewear, sure to be a hit this year. And they’re distinctively shaped…and large.