Sunglasses are the first line of defense from the summer sun, but not just any sunglasses will get the job done. Most quality sunglasses have adequate (95-100%) UV light protection and do the trick. For that reason, they should be worn at all times while outdoors (even on a cloudy day). The problem with inexpensive sunglasses is that they block out light which allows your pupils to dilate (get larger), and since the cheap sunglasses don’t filter out UV light, they actually allow more UV light to enter your eyes through the larger pupils.
For a number of reasons, sunglass lenses should be as large as possible without affecting the quality of the prescription, and wraparounds are especially helpful as well. Check with your eye doctor and optician for your personal needs. When selecting lens colors, it’s also been shown that brown or green-colored lenses are more effective at filtering out UV light than gray-colored lenses.
Planning on a day at the beach, on the slopes, or in the water? Polarized lenses are great at reducing glare, as they only allow in rays of light that are parallel to the ground. Because of this, they’re a good choice for skiing and boating. They don’t reduce UV light, but most polarized lenses have UV blocking in the glass as well. The downside to polarized lenses is that it can be difficult to see LED displays (like in your car’s dashboard), because LED displays have their own polarized lenses in them to allow the displays to be seen without glare as well. When you pit two polarized lenses against each other, you lose the ability to see the displays!
Among Dr. Norden’s favorite brands are Maui Jim, Dolce & Gabbana, Persol, Serengeti, Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Nike, Ray-Ban, Chanel and Oakleys. Here are a few selections from our editorial team for summer sunglass fashion.
The anti-aging effects of a good pair of sunglasses goes beyond just protecting the eyes from UV damage. Sunglasses also help to prevent squinting and loss of elastin, both of which accelerate development of crows’ feet (wrinkles) around the eyes. They can also protect against squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma (the most common type of skin cancer), sebaceous gland carcinoma and melanoma.
Additionally, to protect against UV light, which can cause all of the aforementioned skin cancers, it’s helpful to wear a wide-brimmed hat and apply a sun block with at least a SPF 15+ rating to the eyelids.
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Dr. Richard A. Norden – Leading Eyecare Specialist and Celebrity LASIK surgeon / Founder of NORDEN Laser Eye Associates, Ridgewood, NJ: www.nordenlasik.com. NORDEN Laser Eye Associates of Ridgewood, NJ specializes in LASIK and other corneal procedures, and also offers eye treatments like the Ulthera non-surgical brow-lift and Botox/Fillers to enhance the appearance of the eyes after LASIK surgery. In addition to the state of the art facility offering top care and comfort, the highly trained and experienced staff at NORDEN Laser Eye Associates provides incomparable care through thoroughly individualized treatment options, ensuring the best possible laser vision correction available.
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