After a couple false starts this year, it looks as if summer is finally here to stay. And while gorgeous weather means tons of fun in the sun, it’s also when you have to be extra careful protecting your skin and eyes. Excess exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can have damaging effects on your eyes, causing severe conditions like cataracts, skin cancer, and worse. Luckily, staying safe is as easy as putting on a new pair of sunglasses.
When buying new shades, it’s important to choose a pair that blocks 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays, to ensure your eyes and facial skin are being properly protected. Lesser-quality sunglasses might block visible light, but they can still be letting in the damaging UV rays. A safe bet when buying sunglasses is to go with any of the well-known brands, like Oakley, Ray-Ban, or Prada. You’ll know they’re giving you proper coverage, and they’ll look great to boot. Abt carries a large selection of the aforementioned brands and more, with over 500 different pairs of sunglasses available online. For some help choosing between the myriad styles of sunglasses available, check out our sunglasses buying guide.