Everyone knows sunglasses make it easier to see on a sunny day, whether out on the road or the water – and they are a great fashion accessory!

However, wearing the right sunglasses is also a great defence against ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause short- and long-term eye damage.

Advice from the director

Siobhan Fennel, store director at Specsavers in Whitstable, gives her top tips on how to choose the best sunglasses this summer.

They need to fully protect your eyes

The single most important thing to look for when buying sunglasses to protect your eyes is a sticker or tag indicating that they block 100 percent of UV rays. If they don’t, then you shouldn’t use them in the sun.

The bigger the better

The more coverage from sunglasses, the less sun damage inflicted on the eyes. Consider buying oversized glasses or wraparound-style glasses, which help cut down on UV entering the eye from the side.

Choose the right shape for you

When it comes to choosing sunglasses, you want to find a pair that complements your face shape. The general rule is that shape of your sunglasses should be opposite of your face shape, which means that if you have a round face, you’d pick squared sunglasses.

Feeling inspired? Come to Specsavers in Whitstable to check out all the amazing sunglasses we have in stock!   

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