Health & Wellness

How to Pick the Right Sunglasses for You

July 14,2017 | Health & Wellness

Now that the sun doesn’t go down until well after 8pm, you may find yourself spending a lot more time outdoors. With more time spent in the sun, it’s even more important to protect your eyes this season. In need of a new pair of sunnies, or want to refresh your look? Below are a few quick tips for picking the right vision protection to match your personal style and needs:


Face Shape is Key


Everyone’s face shape is different and what might look good on your friend or significant other may not look the same on you. Before investing in a pair of sunglasses, figure out what frame works best for the shape of your face. According to LensCrafters, there are five general shapes your face may match best with:


Oval: Face shape is taller than it is wide. You can wear just about any type of sunglass frame.


Round: Face follows the outline of a circle. Round faces pair well with geometric frames like rectangular or octagonal shapes.


Triangle: The outline of your forehead is wider than your jaw. High cheekbones and a narrow chin lend well to frames that are wider than your forehead to enhance the symmetry of your facial features.


Square: This face structure typically has a broader jawline. Round and oval shaped frames complement your well-defined angles. Experiment with the cat-eye style or semi-rimless frames.


Rectangle: Similar to the square face, this face shape has the forehead the same width as cheekbones and jawline, however the face structure is longer than it is wide.


Be True to Yourself


Now that you’ve identified your face shape, it’s time find the perfect pair of shades! With so many sunglass styles to choose from, it can be daunting to narrow it down, but fear not! See if any of the below styles match your personality to help you find the right sunglasses for you!


Retro: Rockin’ it old school is your style! You aren’t afraid of a blast from the past with vintage-inspired frames. Look for aviator, wayfarer or cat eye frames to bring out your inner Rock and Roll.


Fun-loving: You like to play as hard you work! This is evident even in your personal style. Unique frames with bold colors or patterns are perfect for you.


Business Savvy: You like the ease of transitioning from business to casual so you look polished for any occasion. Bring out your inner-bookworm with minimalistic design and modern details like semi-rimless frames.


Serious: Your style is geek-chic! Frames with clean lines and functionality keep your look sophisticated and classic. Update your look with rectangle or oval shaped-frames in dark colors.


Protect against the blues



Blue light is typically associated with devices like smart phones, tablets, computers and overhead lighting. Although it’s important to protect your eyes from this type of light, studies show it’s even more important to protect your eyes while outside. Just 15 minutes in the sun can have the same effect on your vision as 10 hours of screen time. So before purchasing your next pair of sunnies, take inventory of all the other features aside from style that would be beneficial for optimal eye health. You may want to consider the following features:

  • Blue light protection added to the lens material
  • Blue light-filtering anti-reflective coatings
  • 100% UVA and UVB protection
  • Polarized lenses

AARP members can help protect their eyes and save with exclusive discounts from AARP® Vision Discounts provided by EyeMed and its leading vision retailers including LensCrafters and Target Optical. Members can receive 30% off a complete pair of eyeglasses (frames & lenses), including prescription sunglasses, 40% off a complete pair of Transition® lenses with frame purchase and 20% off non-prescription sunglasses.



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