It's important to look for sunglasses that are not only cool but that are also going to protect your eyes from the sun's rays.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for shades:
- When buying sunglasses look for the CE/British Standards mark. This shows that the shades meet European safety standards.
- Look for a special label that says they block out 99% - 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays. These rays are the parts of sunlight that can harm your eyes.
- Remember that wearing sunglasses that don't block out these rays can be worse than not wearing any at all.
- Look for sunglasses that are close fitting as they help stop light getting round the edges - wraparound shades and large lenses are good too.
- Plastic lenses are often better than glass ones and are harder to break.
- Don't be fooled by the price - more expensive shades might be more fashionable but don't usually give more protection.
- Brown, amber and grey lenses usually give better protection than other colours.
- Dark coloured sunglasses don't necessarily protect you better. It's a special coating on the lens that makes them safe, not their darkness.