Protect Your Eyes With the Perfect Pair of Shades

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When choosing sunglasses, the priority for most people is how they look. This is not a bad thing – if sunglasses look good, people are more apt to wear them. Sunglasses protect the eyes from harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays that can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, or skin cancer around the eyelids.

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Everyone is at risk for eye problems caused by the sun, even children. The risk increases with number of hours spent in the sun (like outdoor workers), history of cataract surgery or certain retina disorders, or with certain medications such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, and diuretics that increase the eye’s sensitivity to light.

When choosing a pair of sunglasses, one should first look for those that filter out a minimum of 99% of both UV-A and UV-B rays. They should also reduce glare, fully protect the eye and are comfortable to wear.

Read: July is UV Safety Awareness Month

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To find the most flattering pair of sunglasses, Amanda Greene at Woman’s Day magazine suggests choosing a pair that suits the shape of your face:

• Women with round faces should choose slightly angular frames that create a narrowing effect, making the face appear longer and thinner. Look for styles that are wider than they are tall. Avoid round shapes which exaggerate fullness.

• Women with heart shaped faces should choose a frame that balances the wider brow area and narrower chin. Rimless frames, butterfly, and square bottom styles will work well to counteract the facial angles.

• Women with oval shaped faces, where the face has balanced proportions, are lucky – virtually any style is flattering. However, those with classic oval faces often have small features, so choosing frames that do not overwhelm the face are important. Suggestions include wraparound or spectator styles, as well as oversize square frames with slightly rounded edges.

• Women with square faces have a strong jawline and broad forehead with a wide chin and cheekbones. Finding a frame that makes the face look longer is the goal. Avoid glasses that are flat on the bottom; choose those that have some curve or uplift to draw attention away from the jaw.

• Women with oblong faces need frames that will add width and shorten the length of the face. Choose a pair slightly wider than the width of the face and has detailing on the arms or hinges to draw attention toward the eyes.

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