Sunglasses – Protecting Your Eyes While Projecting Your Image
Sunglasses are a staple in many wardrobes, but did you know that they do more than contribute to your personal style? On an annual basis, it’s estimated that 3.2 million people experience impaired vision from eye conditions caused by prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This is where sunglasses come in – the right pair will not only look great, but also keep your eyes safe when you’re outside enjoying sunny days. Here’s a look at why it’s so important to wear sunglasses while outdoors and what qualities to look for in your next pair from Cohen’s Fashion Optical.
How Sunlight Affects Your Eyes
Even when you can’t see the sun, you are exposed to UV radiation year round. While many are well aware of the health consequences caused by extended sun exposure, the affects of UV rays on eye health are often overlooked. In fact, prolonged UV exposure has been linked to many eye problems, including:
- Blurred vision
- Redness and irritation
- Sunburn of the cornea
- Macular degeneration
- Cancer of the eyelids
Choosing the Ideal Level of Protection
Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement, as some offer a level of protection that goes well beyond simply shielding the eyes from bright light. Even on cloudy days, wearing the right pair can drastically reduce your risk for developing eye conditions related to prolonged UV exposure. When shopping for the ideal level of protection in your next pair of sunglasses, the on-site optometrists at Cohen’s Fashion Optical recommend choosing a pair with the following qualities:
- 100% protection from both UVA and UVB rays
- Photochromatic lenses that darken automatically when exposed to the sun
- Close-fitting, wraparound frame that limits the amount of sunlight coming into contact with your eyes
Styles for Any Aesthetic
While UV protection is the most important aspect of choosing sunglasses, you shouldn’t have to cut corners on the style you truly want. At Cohen’s Fashion Optical, we believe that the right pair of sunglasses should not only protect your eyes but also fit your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. For instance, if you’re physically active and love the look of athleisure, consider a sporty style, like shield sunglasses.
You’ll also find a variety of lens colors for a touch of added flair, plus designs that suit almost any face shape. A Cohen’s eyewear specialist can help you find a flattering pair of frames, but options typically include:
- Cat eye
If you’re not a fan of any of the available UV protection sunglasses, it’s no problem. Simply choose the pair you love and add a polarized coating to your lenses, which will provide advanced protection from UV rays.
Find Your Favorite Sunglasses at Cohen’s
Protecting your eyes from the sun is vital every single day. At Cohen’s Fashion Optical, our eyewear specialists will guide you to the perfect pair of sunglasses among our large assortment of brands to complement your look and help prevent eye damage from exposure to UV rays. You’ll also receive the highest quality eye care from our team of on-site optometrists, from comprehensive eye exams to the diagnosis of any conditions. To schedule an appointment, contact the location nearest you.