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Summer-ize your eyes with safe and stylish shades

Finding the perfect summer shades can be tough with all of the choices out there—aviator, round, oversized frames, plastic or metal, with embellishments or without. We often look to see what the celebrities are wearing and pick up similar styles. But did you know that there's more to consider with sunglasses than just style?

"UV protection is crucial when choosing the right pair of sunglasses," says Pete Parenti, OD, a VSP doctor at Parenti-Morris Eyecare in Rogers, AR. We spend so much time outdoors this time of year, especially on the beach and in the water, and it's easy to forget to grab your shades. Look for glasses that have 100% UVA/UVB protection to keep your eyes safe from the summer sun and make this one accessory you never leave behind!

"It's never too early to start wearing sun protection," says Dr. Parenti, "UV damage builds up over time, so the sooner you can protect your eyes, the better." Sun protection isn't just for adults either. Let your kids and teens pick out a cool pair of shades to protect their eyes from sun damage too.

Protect your eyes and look great

You can have stylish and safe sunwear. VSP doctors carry hundreds of stylish frames, so ask for assistance if you need help choosing a frame to suit your face. "There are a number of lens options to choose from if you need prescription sunwear," explains Dr. Parenti.

Keep the following things in mind when you shop for your next pair of shades:

  • Look for the 100% UVA/UVB protection sticker on the frames or ask your optician for help.
  • Try polarized lenses to help eliminate glare and add more clarity to your view, especially if you'll be near the water or sand this summer.
  • Ask about photochromic lenses that change from light to dark in sunlight for convenient sun protection.

You can look like a celebrity in stylish sunglasses, but make sure they have adequate UV protection and wear them year round to keep your eyes safe. Browse the VSP Eyewear Gallery to find the perfect style for you!