Her mother told her: ‘Darling, go out and find yourself a brown-eyed handsome man.’
As well as all the other aesthetic advantages of being a brown-eyed handsome man we also have more protective eyes than blueys and greenies to the blazing sun. Not altogether but more.
Protect yourself at all times
What you’re looking to do is block harmful UV-A and UV-B rays. And not all polarised shades have UV protection.
Also go for a lens category of at least 2 or preferably 3.
Read the stickers or tags on your purchases.
You can be practical and fashionable
We suggest the Aviator (the Son and Heir’s favourite) or the Wayfarer.
The important thing too is to make sure that they fit and won’t blow off in the wind, or pinch behind the ears,
Bigger is better
Those oversized sun shades don’t just look great… they are great.
The more top of the face you cover the less sun damage you will incur.
Wraparound-style glasses also help cut down on UV entering the eye from the side.
Colour me good
Shades come in all, well, kinds of shades.
Very dark sunglasses don’t necessarily block more UV rays, nor do funky colours, but amber, green or gray lenses can increase contrast and are good for athletes, particularly golfers.
Right, She’s got the right idea. I should be wearing my shades even when I take off my goggles.
And remember to use sunscreen when you’re up there too.
Look after the kiddies
Kiddies like nothing better than being in the pool… well, maybe sweeties too.
It might not strike you as the most obvious, or natural thing, to do but try to get them to wear sunglasses when they haven’t got their heads under water.
And don’t they look funky too.
Don’t lose them
Now these look clunky and too big for me.
The Son and Heir kindly bought me a new case for Father’s Day with an outer pocket.
Ideal. Put your own glasses inside and the shades in the outer pocket.
And be careful when you’re sitting back down on your deckchair or towel not to sit on them if they are loose.
Where to buy them
Avoid picking them up from the stalls by the beaches.
And better go to a reputable store. You know the ones without me saying.
If you want more information and your eyes are particularly delicate ask your optician or go to www.hse.ie.