Sunglasses: Cool AND Necessary
by Sandy Fitzgerald
Ever noticed how great a new pair of sunglasses makes you feel?
Immediately, your face is transformed. You’re Jackie O, an airplane pilot, a rock-and-roller…let’s just face it, there’s something about a pair of dark glasses that just makes a sunny day that much better.
But sunglasses aren’t just about being cool. They’re an absolute necessity when you’re out in the bright sun, when your eyes need protection from UV rays.
That doesn’t mean you have to go buy really expensive designer wear sunglasses, unless, of course, you want those brand names and the prices that come with them.
There are so many manufacturers who make sunglasses that will feel good on your face, fit well and protect your eyes.
What you should look for when buying a pair of sunglasses are shades that will provide you with 100 percent UV protection. This protection generally comes in darker lenses. While those rose-colored sunglasses you might be looking at will make you feel stylish, they won’t do much to protect your eyes. Remember, if you can see your eyes through the lenses of your sunglasses, they probably won’t offer you much protection from the sun’s damaging rays.
So where can you find cool sunglasses? It all depends. Most department stores offer sunglasses, as do mall kiosks, gas stations and more.
Just be sure they fit you properly, so you don’t squint while you’re wearing them and give your eyes more wrinkles than you want! Ideally, the ear pieces should come to the outer edges of your temples. This will ensure that your glasses really are covering enough of your eyes.
And if you already wear prescription glasses, rest assured this summer. Any eye doctor’s office can fit you with prescription sunglasses, or you can order them online.
For example, make your inner Roy Orbison or Tom Cruise happy by having your lenses put into a cool pair of Ray-Bans, and you won’t have to sacrifice eye comfort and safety by not having sunglasses – and you’ll look cool too.
It doesn’t get better than that!