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Tips on Picking the Best Sunglasses

Sunglasses can be perceived as a stylish accessory, but realistically, they can help maintain healthy eyes. You need to wear sunglasses while outdoors to block harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Remember that exposure to UV rays can cause:

  • Eye irritation
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Swollen or red eyes
  • Sunburn of the eyes
  • Sunburn of the eyelids
  • Wrinkles around your eyes
  • Cancer around or in the eyes

At Advanced Optical in Orlando, we are happy to work with you in choosing the perfect sunglasses that complement your features. You can also shop our collection from the comfort of your home!

Get The Best Eye Protection

To best protect your eyes, we recommend:

  • Choosing sunglasses that block UVB and UVA light. You don’t have to pay a premium because we offer affordable UV protection sunglasses.
  • Select brown or amber sunglasses if you have diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration. These colors enhance contrast for better eyesight.

Tips for Wearing Sunglasses While Driving

Direct sunlight can be uncomfortable, especially for an aged driver. For the best vision when driving, we recommend that you:

  • Select grey, brown, yellow, or green sunglasses. They help minimize color distortion.
  • Choose a polarized pair as they help reduce glare. This is important if you have had refractive eye surgery like LASIK.

Consider Your Facial Shape

For flattering looks, you need to balance your facial shape with sunglasses in the opposite shape. For instance, if you have an angular facial shape, you will need a rounded pair instead of a rectangle. For a round facial shape, you can balance out by selecting more angular sunglasses like rectangular or cat eye shape. Heart-shaped faces look amazing in average-sized sunglasses rather than oversized ones. In contrast, someone with a wide jaw and narrow forehead will look great in oversized sunglasses. Oval-shaped faces look great with almost any sunglasses shape or size.

If You Already Wear Glasses

Prescription eyeglasses, especially those with polycarbonate lenses, help provide some built-in UVA and UVB protection. Lenses that darken when you go outdoors protect you against both glare and UV rays. Our optometrist can help you choose the right sunglasses.

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