Best Sunglasses for Women

Your eyes are important. While sunglasses are an awesome fashion accessory, they also help keep your eyes and face in tip top shape. Most women don’t even realize the benefits that a good pair of sunglasses gives them, in the short and long term. Read on to find out what goes into being a fantastic pair of shades for the modern woman!

UV Protection

Many people talk about this, and the fact is, it is critically important. While sunglasses don’t cover your whole face, they DO provide barrier protection to your eye area. This is very important if one wants to avoid wrinkles at the corners of their eyes as well. For those conscious of it, a pair of sunglasses which have a frame which covers the corners of the eyes somewhat is an excellent choice to reduce the sun’s effect on the skin in those areas. Check out Eucerin’s very informative website for more information about what UV can do to your facial skin. Blocking ultraviolet radiation is also very important for the inside of your eye, as corneal damage, macular degeneration, and cataracts are all in large part brought about by UV rays. Cheapo sunglasses are worse than none at all, though. See, to be really effective in helping the eye, they need to block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB light. Yet with cheaper sunglasses that block less than that, you’ll still feel like you can look much closer to, or even right at the sun, not realizing the damage you’re doing!

The Whites of Your Eyes

Most people don’t realize it, but the whites of your eyes can actually get sunburned, a condition called photokeratitis. Women especially need to be careful of this, as their facial structure compared to men’s allows more sun to get to the eye, due to, on average, a smaller brow and shorter eyebrows. At the very least, exposure to bright light can not only make the eyes bloodshot (this is the first stage, before an eye sunburn) but dry them out significantly, adding to eye discomfort.

Eyestrain is an Issue

Eyestrain is an issue, and the more of your eyes you have covered, the lower your eyestrain will be. One great side effect to sunglasses which block 100 percent of UV light is that the eye doesn’t have to deal with those wavelengths at all, which naturally reduces eyestrain. When you add polarized lenses into the mix, they block even more wavelengths, further reducing eyestrain. They also help increase contrast and allow for better perception of colors, plus they reduce glare. Read all about lens polarization in our Polarized Sunglasses FAQ, and also at VeryWell, a great site for eye health.

Shape is Important

While sunglasses come in many shapes, styles and colors, some general rules should be applied, especially when choosing sunglasses which not only look good, but help protect the female face. Many facial forms exist, long, rounded, oval, etc., and not every style will be good on everyone. It’s the same as with haircuts. Check out this article about face shapes at Factor this in with personal taste, and the number of sunglasses which one can wear and be comfortable with reduces drastically. That being said, sunglasses with larger lenses and/or frames are a good choice when looking to protect your eye area. The more area protected, the less damage, and the less residual light wave bounce there is to get into the area. Sunglasses which curve towards the face somewhat, rather than flat-fronted glasses are also a good choice, as they tend to have tighter corners, which protect the corners of the eyes more. Also, thicker arms on the sunglasses, especially where they connect with the face frame, are a good idea, providing barrier protection against the sun’s rays.

Add It All Up

A great pair of sunglasses should have minimum requirements:

  • Cover your eye socket area, and not let in much light from the sides.
  • Be of high enough to keep out 99 to 100 percent of ultraviolet radiation.
  • Reduce eyestrain by being either a comfortable tint for the wearer, or polarized.

If any of these three items are missing from the equation, while they may look good, they are not doing your eyes justice. Only one of these things can be futzed a bit, and that is the shape factor. This should only be compromised, though, if the woman in question is a serial hat wearer, thereby eliminating the need to keep side light from leaking in through the edges of the lenses. In the end, the best set of sunglasses for a woman is one which protects her eyes as much as possible, and looks great too!