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Ready for a summer holiday? Packed the latest beachwear? Got your branded sunglasses? Sunglasses can instantly make you look glamorous, hip, cool. Don't forget their primary function which is to protect your eyes and the delicate tissue around them from harmful ultra-violet rays from the sun!

To choose sunglasses which give you optimal protection, here are a few simple tips.

Look for at least 99% UVA/UVB protection.
Darker lenses are not necessarily more effective, and different coloured lenses affect how well we detect contrast and differentiate colours. Grey, green or brown lenses are usually best, especially for driving.
Opt for polarized lenses if you spend lots of time on water.
Go for the best optical quality, check for distortion.
Bigger is better! Wraparound sunglasses offer the best protection.
Make sure they fit comfortably, or ask your optometrist to adjust them.
Select the right lens material – make sure it is scratch-resistant.
Choose the style according to the shape of your face – oval shape, the "perfect shape", can wear any style; a square face looks best with round glasses; for a round face choose square or polygonal sunglasses; large lenses and polygonal frames modify a long face; darker lenses and frames highlight the contours of a flatter face.
Make sunglasses a daily habit
Sunglasses are especially important for children. Discuss the most appropriate type with your optometrist.

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