The summer solstice was last Friday June 21, so now we can officially say: Hello, summer! Nothing makes me happier than when the days get longer and I’ve got more time to spend outside enjoying the sunshine with family and friends (when I’m not on set at GMA and GMA Strahan & Sara, that is). And of course, I don’t go anywhere without my sunglasses. I love a cool pair of shades as much as the next person, but I also know how important it is to get the right pair to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. So in honor of National Sunglasses Day, I thought I’d share some tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology on how to choose the pair that fits your lifestyle and keeps your peepers safe.
All about the numbers. According to the AAO, the most important thing to consider when purchasing a pair of sunglasses is that they provide 100 percent UV protection. This is usually indicated right on the lens with a sticker, so make sure you check it out before you buy.
Go big—literally. Sunglasses with oversize or wraparound-style frames and lenses cover more of the eye area, and therefore help reduce the amount of ultraviolet light that the eye is exposed to.
All about the lenses. A sunglasses’ lenses are very important, but keep in mind a few rules of thumb: darker-lensed shades don’t provide better protection for eyes; sunglasses with amber, green, or grey lenses don’t make a difference, either; and polarized lenses are great for reducing glare but don’t provide any additional UV ray protection.
Don’t go for broke. You don’t have to break the bank to get a stylish, effective pair of sunglasses. While I love my Matsudas, there are so many equally good-looking shades on the market that are easier on the wallet. You can go classic with Ray-Ban Wayfarers or Aviators; on trend with Warby Parker’s Barkley Narrows; or cool and chic with my friend A-Rod’s collaboration with Quay Australia (I’m loving the Poster Boy look). Whatever your taste, there’s a pair out there for every face shape and style.