It is extremely important to protect your eyes against the
harmful UV rays of the sun. For most people an inexpensive
pair of sunglasses will do the job.

The sun produces different types of light. The most harmful
to your eyes are ultraviolet, or UV rays, bright or intense
light and blue light.

UV rays carry more energy than visible light rays. The eye
is at a greater risk from absorbing UV radiation than from
any other type. UVA and UVB are the types of UV lights that
reach the earth from the sun.

Blue light is visible light. Typically blue light is found
in reflections off of snow and water. Blue light prevents
the eyes from focusing properly and routine exposure to
blue light over many years may age the eyes and increase
the risks of blindness.

When your eyes absorb light, the eye tissue is affected by
heat and chemical reactions. These reactions can cause
permanent damage if they eye becomes overwhelmed and the
natural ability to heal itself is compromised.

Eyes that are overexposed to UV radiation can suffer damage
to the front portion. The retina can be damaged if you
stare directly into the sun, even briefly, and can cause
permanent loss of vision.

UV radiation, wind, and dry eyes can cause a temporary, but
uncomfortable condition called snow blindness. All of these
reasons are why it is so important to wear sunglasses
whenever you are exposed to the suns rays. You want the
highest amount of UV protection you can get.

Today, sunglasses are a dime a dozen. They can be found
anywhere from your grocery store, dollar store, and
discount shopping center to high end boutiques, specialty
sunglass stores and department stores.

But people who are spending tons of money on sunglasses are
not necessarily getting better protection than the person
who paid one dollar for a pair.

Effective sunglasses will have proper UV protection. This
is what protects the wearer’s eyes from harmful UV rays.
Ultra Violet, or UV light contributes to cataracts, macular
degeneration of the retina and blindness.

To prevent these conditions, sunglass lenses should be
coated with UV protection. Today, the industry standard for
sunglasses is UV400. This protects your eyes from about 98
percent of the suns harmful UV rays.

Today, even many of the eyeglasses we wear have a special
UV coating to protect our eyes, even though the lenses are
clear.

But there are also other things sunglasses do to protect
your eyes. For people who work out of doors or spend a lot
of time on the water or snow, then polarized sunglasses are
what are needed.

These provide a great amount of glare protection and
surprisingly the same man who invented the Polaroid camera
invented the polarized sunglasses.

But for many people it is not really about protection. It
is about style. So there are now many designer sunglasses
that provide just as much protection. Buy something you
like and something that looks good on you. But make sure to
keep an eye on the UV protection rating.

You always spend the extra buck to make sure you own
everything designed by today’s most famous designers.
There is no reason to skimp when it comes to purchasing your
sunglasses either.

The list is infinitive when it comes to fashion designers
who now have lines of sunglasses. Names like Marc Jacobs,
Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Fendi, and Valentino are just the
beginning of a long, distinguished list of those who now
have their own line of sunglasses.

Now you can purchase sunglasses to match your dresses,
suites, shoes or handbags.

Even celebrities are getting in on the game. Movie stars,
sports stars and musicians are also putting their two cents
in on the fashion of designing sunglasses.

Britney Spears, Lauren Huttin, Kathy Ireland, Donald Trump
and Linda Evans are just a few names that now have their
own lines of sunglasses.

Celebrities typically have a style dictated by the image of
them in movies, TV shows and performances and they are
designing eyewear to match the persona as we see them.

More optical shops, department stores and sunglass
specialty stores now carry these more than famous lines of
sunglasses designed by all the tabloid cover people we know
and love to hate.

If you are looking for a designer sunglass, but just don’t
know which one best suite you, visit a variety of stores.
Spend time trying on different sizes, styles and colors.

Designers have a definite style they are trying to recreate
so if you know what style you are looking for, trendy,
sophisticated, and sporty or something to match your
clothes then let the store know. They will most likely know
what direction to steer you in.