National Sunglasses Day – 3 Tips for choosing the right sunglasses

UV radiation from both natural sunlight & artificial UV rays, like tanning beds, can damage the eye, affecting the cornea and lens.

Long-term exposure to UV radiation can lead to cataracts & skin cancer around the eyelids.

Always avoid looking directly at the sun as it can permanently scar the retina, the area at the back of the eye responsible for vision.

  • A wide-brimmed hat can block about half of the UV rays as it can limit rays that hit the eyes from above and also around sunglasses. What to look for in sunglasses

1. Choose quality sunglasses

Check for labels, hang tag or sticker which should state the amount of protection. Sunglasses should block out 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation and screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light. Some of the higher-priced options with polycarbonate lenses claim to block 100 percent of the UV rays.

2. Inspect your sunglasses

Check to make sure your sunglass lenses are perfectly matched in color and free of scratches and distortion. Price does not necessarily correspond to protection. Just take the time to carefully inspect the lenses before you buy.

3. Wear gray-colored lenses

Gray-colored lenses reduce light intensity without altering the color of objects, providing the most natural color vision.

  • As to style think about the sides of your eyes, and consider sunglasses with wide or wraparound arms.
  • Children are at higher risk from harmful effects of UV rays because their eyes do not have the same ability as adults to protect from UV radiation. Kids also aspend more time playing outdoors.
  • UV radiation damage is cumulative over a lifetime, so you should begin protecting your child’s eyes now.

What are your favorite sun glasses?

50+UPF Sunny Sleevez

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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8 Responses to National Sunglasses Day – 3 Tips for choosing the right sunglasses

  1. asuka11 says:

    I like the blue and the black sunglasses from your article. Generally, I love sunglasses.

  2. Ti says:

    Because of my poor eyesight my sunglasses are prescription so I tend to spend lots for them and then end up keeping them for a really long time. For that reason, I take good care of them. I prefer the gray colored tints because they don’t affect color perception.

  3. I never liked sunglasses but I do have prescription glasses that get darker with the light gets brighter. I forget what they are called.

  4. Nancy says:

    This is great information. Thanks! I’m reblogging it on And I love the sunglasses you featured in your post. Very cool. My little son would love the last pair. He’s only 2.5 but it seems that every time we buy sunglasses for him (which is often because he’s forever breaking or losing them), he always picks the weird shaped ones.

  5. kiimi says:

    Thanks for the information service. I think it’s very important that people understand how to choose their sunglassen, not only going for their looks and such.
    Keep it up! ^^

  6. Seance says:

    That last pair of lego glasses was awesome. I’ve got some wrap around sunnies, but the inserts on both sides have popped out. Time to get a new pair I think!

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