This segment appears on Great Day Houston on June 5, 2012. Pictures, glasses styles and prices are below.
It’s sunglasses season! What should you look for when choosing sunglasses?
- When your’re in the sun, the pupils in your eyes contract to reduce the light that enters your eye. Sunglasses shade your eyes, so the pupil opens wide and over-rides your body’s natural defenses against the damage of UV rays.
- Choose sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Otherwise you’ll actually allow more damage to your eyes by wearing sunglasses.
- Look for a label on the lenses of the glasses.
For sports, choose wrap-around styles for a secure fit. Specialized tints to help you see better
- To see uneven pavements, try a yellow tint,
- To see balls that can hide in the grass, try a red tint.
- To see better with water sports, try polarized lenses.
Flatter Your Face
How do you choose sunglasses to flatter your face?
- In general, if you have an angular face, choose rounded frames. If you have a rounded face, choose angular frames. Here are some more options for specific faces.
Find Your Face Shape
To determine your face shape, pull back your hair, look straight into a mirror at the outline of your face. Ou can even draw the outline of your face on the mirror with an erasable marker to see the shape more clearly.
- Face is broadest across the cheeks, longer than wide, and tapers toward the forehead and chin.
- Look for frames that are at least as wide as your temples with oval/walnut-shaped lenses.
- Model – Kelly Ann
- Sunglasses: Georgio Armani, $375 (Soper Optical, L.A. Wright, MD, FACS)
- Face width and length are about the same, with full cheeks, and a rounded chin.
- Look for angular frames, wide/rectangular lenses, and a clear bridge.
- Model – ChengJing
- Sunglasses: Gucci, $375 (Soper Optical, L.A. Wright, MD, FACS)
- Face is wider at temples and cheeks and narrows at jaw and chin.
- Look for frames in a color tone similar to skin tone (light colors for fair skin, medium colors for medium skin, dark colors for dark skin) and with rimless lenses.
- Model – Elvia
- Sunglasses: vintage frames with new lenses
- Face is wider at temples and cheek bones and narrows near the forhead and chin
- Look for rounded frames.
- Model – Valerie
- Sunglasses: Classic Aviators $24 (The Limited)
- Face width and length are about the same, with equal distance across forehead, cheeks, and chin.
- Look for rounded frames with narrow lenses that are wider than they are tall.
- Face is narrow at temples and forehead and wider at cheeks and jaw-line.
- Look for attention-grabbing frames, cat eyes, or details along the top edge of the frames.
- Face is longer than it is wide, with high cheek-bones, high/broad forehead, and broad jaw.
- Choose rounded frames with decorative details at the temples, a low bridge, and lenses that are taller than wide.