Whether its winter or summer, cloudy or sunny, a quality pair of polarized sunglasses are a worthy investment and a major must. Let’s be frank, it doesn’t make sense that we expend so much time and energy into protecting our skin and fortifying our bodies, yet we neglect a primary organ – our eyes. Add on the fact that the skin around the eyes is the most sensitive, and therefore most prone to dreaded crow’s feet and premature aging. We may lather our faces with SPF 50+, but our efforts are futile if we spend hours squinting in the blinding summer sun. I say, it’s time we paid attention to the windows of our soul.
Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays, whether incurred directly from the sun or reflected indirectly from the ground or water may increase our risk of developing various eye problems. These ultraviolet rays can cause macular degeneration, burning of the cornea, premature cataracts, and even skin cancer around the eyelids. However, polarized sunglasses reduce the glare reflected off of horizontal surfaces like snow, water, and cement. As a result, these sunglasses preserve the clarity, texture, and quality of images. Most importantly, polarized sunglasses block 100% of UV exposure, including UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Polarized sunglasses act as sunscreen for the eyes. My favorite sunglasses look was inspired by the foreign film, For Lovers Only. For the majority of the film, actress Stana Katic dons a classic yet elegant pair of black, rounded sunglasses. Unfortunately, since this was such a low-budget film, Katic wore her own sunglasses during filming so I was unable to pinpoint the exact pair. However, I quickly secured a pair on Sunglass Hut that resembled the iconic look. Now that I’m quite content with my fancy polarized eye protection, I just need to work on my picturesque Parisian smolder. “Enlève tes lunettes.” Non merci.