Before grabbing the first pair of sunglasses you see at the drugstore or mall, it's important to know what to look for. Dr. Grossman, Chief of Optometry and Eye Health at LensCrafters, says, "Sunglasses help your eyes in two important ways: They help block light and they protect against the damaging rays of the sun. Some of the damage can happen right away and some can occur over a lifetime of exposure." Outdoor sporting conditions can play a big part in this damage. Dr. Grossman explains, "Snow and water can reflect nearly 80 percent of the sun's rays, and reflected sunlight can be extra dangerous because UV rays are intensified."
To make sure you're keeping sun damage to a minimum, use Dr. Grossman's playbook for choosing the right pair of sunglasses:
And, just like sports stars need to know the terminology of their sports, it's important for a sunglass-buyer to know the terminology of the purchase. Consider these terms before making your buy:
The Scheyden Revelry or Scheyden Revelstoke sunglasses are the perfect pairing for a day out on the water. These sunglasses are sported by the cast of Discovery Channel's Flying Wild Alaska, and for good reason! Hand-ground and polished, the distortion-free lenses feature a water-repellent coating that wicks sweat and water away. The lenses also feature a scratch-resistant finish that will help keep them safe for practically any activity. (Scheyden, $259 to $309)
You'll be able to head down the mountain in style this year! Sure, the Smith Optics Virtue is a goggle and not a pair of sunglasses, but the impact is the same. These bad boys offer a semi-rimless design to increase field-of-vision, and an anti-fog inner lens to ensure you'll be able to see the surrounding terrain. They're also helmet-compatible so you can keep your pretty little head protected, too! (Smith Optics, $140)
When you're running a marathon, biking a century or gathering up a group of friends for a killer match of beach volleyball, you need sunglasses that will stay put. There's not a better pair out there than the new (and fashionable!) Oakley Radar Edge. They even feature interchangeable lenses so you can switch out the lenses depending on the weather or environment. (Oakely, $180)
When you're keeping things low-key, you have a little more leeway to flex your fashion muscle. For activities like walking, paddleboarding or hiking, pick up a pair of Oakley's Warm Up sunglasses. The larger frames will enable you to channel your inner movie star, but with features like unobtainium nose- and ear-pads that are designed to keep the sunglasses in place while you sweat, you know that you're really getting the high-performance reliability you've come to expect from Oakley. (Oakley, $120)
For a well-rounded pair of sunglasses that you can wear for just about anything, consider the Ray-Ban Clubmaster Dylan. Stylish and functional, you can choose between a variety of frame and lens colors and they can be fitted with your prescription. Plus, the frames are perfectly sized to block sunlight from seeping in around the edges. (LensCrafters, $130)
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