Face it, we sometimes rush into choosing our sunglasses. And it doesn’t always work out.
Selecting the right pair of shades takes a little education. Are they packing the right treatments, such as UV protection and polarization to cut glare? Should they be prescription sunglasses, maybe with photochromic lenses like Transitions® that automatically adjust from dark to light? And how do you know what frame designs look the best?
From healthy benefits to style, let’s talk all things sun.
The risks of unprotected eyes can be serious
Sunglasses protect your health, as well as your looks. Extended exposure to UV rays can result in cataracts, macular degeneration (fuzzy vision) or even painful eye sunburn (photokeratitis).1
Shades can also protect our skin by shielding the delicate, wrinkle-prone area around and under our eyes. When you consider that over-exposure to UV rays causes eye wrinkles in 8.3% of adults surveyed,2 choosing the right shades becomes a key ingredient in your anti-aging toolkit.
Your eye doctor is the place to start to determine what lenses and lens treatments may be right for you, especially if you need prescription sunglasses. In addition to getting the right vision correction, you’ll want to talk with a pro in-the-know (think LensCrafters®) about lens options to help protect against UV rays, glare, scratches and falls, and even technology that helps filter blue light.
And since sun protection should start early, scores of frame styles are available for adults as well as kids, each with potential to be an expression of oneself.
Different frames for different faces
There are in fact so many frame options it can be overwhelming, which is why considering face shape is important to choosing a complementary style — for both glasses and prescription sunglasses. Here are the 5 most common face shapes.
- Heart-shaped face? Never skip a beat with aviators
- Oval face? These frames are the cat’s meow
- Rectangular or oblong face? Go big
- Finding a ‘fare’ way around a round face
- Getting a-round a square-face
There’s a reason aviators can cause hearts to flutter. These slim and flexible frames, originally created for U.S. pilots in 1937, round out a broad forehead and prominent cheekbones. Their sporty style also affords a range of options in size and color treatments, for adults and children.
From cat eyes to vintage-style rectangular frames, lots of styles work well on a face that is slightly longer than it is wide. The trick is ensuring the style is in proportion to the size of the face (and hair). Skinny cat eye glasses that are sleeker at the temple can make a statement while not going too big.
Similar to an oval face, the oblong or rectangular face could use a boost to balance out its length. Oversized frames with greater depth than width provide volume and give the allusion of a shorter face. Again, the wearer can go very big if the shape is proportional to the face. This may be why big designer retro styles are a hit this year.
Round faces look best with the right contrast. Angular frames, the classic Wayfarer® for example, will give the face some length while stating effortless confidence. Bonus: Ray-Ban® Wayfarers come in styles for kids, too.
Being square is why many men and women like to shield the rays with round frames. Rounded or geometric frames will soften the edges of a square-jawed face. Choices include on-trend brow bars; rounded metal materials; or hexagonal-shaped elegance. Round frames also look great on kids — ask any Harry Potter fan.
Looking good in sunglasses is good for your health
Like a favorite jacket, boot or necklace, a flattering pair of sunglasses is more likely to be worn regularly. And regularly protected eyes can lead to healthier vision, facial skin and improved overall wellness.
Remember, an eye doctor can help determine the proper lens treatments to suit your needs, including prescriptions and added technologies.
For more help choosing the right frames for your face, check out this “Find your look” quiz from LensCrafters®. It’s a good way to take the time needed to choose a great pair (or two) you will wear.
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1. “UV and sunglasses: How to protect your eyes”; by Gary Heiting; All About Vision; April 2019; https://www.allaboutvision.com/sunglasses/spf.htm; accessed Jan. 27 2020.
2. “UV Eye Protection”; The Vision Council; https://thevisioncouncil.org/content/uv-eye-protection; accessed Jan. 27 2020.