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Oct 9, 2014

Stylin' Shades: Choose the Best Sunglasses With UV Protection for You

The hot weather's not over yet! There's still time to enjoy swimming, picnicking, and spending lots of time outdoors. You know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. But after you slather on the sun block, make sure to protect your eyes too. Slip on a good pair of sunglasses and you'll be ready to hit the sand. You want sunglasses that are fashionable-but they should also provide maximum UV protection for your eyes and fit your lifestyle. VSP doctors offer these tips for finding the right ones for you.

  • Go for big frames. Larger frames and wrap-around styles provide extra UV protection by blocking rays that come in from the side. Think about lens color. You may want to go with gray or green lenses because they're neutral and don't change color. If you want to see more contrast, choose brown. Just keep in mind that brown may distort colors a bit.

  • Consider your lifestyle. If you're active in sports, your VSP doctor can help you select glasses and lenses that can protect your eyes and help optimize your performance.

  • Ask about polarized or photochromic lenses. Talk to your VSP doctor about the advantages of these lenses and whether they're right for you.

Maximize your benefits with an extra $20 to spend, on top of your allowance, on any frame from a wide selection of featured frame brands. Simply select a featured frame brand in your VSP doctor's office and the $20 will automatically be applied to your purchase. Featured Frame Brands include Anne Klein, Calvin Klein, Flexon, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Sean John, Tommy Bahama and many more!

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