Finding the perfect sunglasses isn’t just about style—the best sunglasses also protect you from harmful UV rays. “UV radiation can cause molecules in our body to become unstable free radicals that ultimately can cause irreversible damage to the retina, which is the nerve tissue in the back of the eye responsible for converting light energy into an image,” says Dr. Tanya Khan, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist at Texan Eye in Austin, TX. It’s not just your vision you have to protect—UV rays can also cause premature aging, burns, and even skin cancer in the skin around the eyes. “I commonly detect eyelid cancer because patients neglect sun protection,” Dr. Khan says.
Before you buy a new pair of sunglasses, make sure the lenses contain UVA and UVB protection. “These glasses are often labeled ‘UV400,’ as they provide protection from light rays up to 400 nanometers in wavelength,” Dr. Khan explains. Here are 10 of the best sunglasses for women to keep your eyes healthy.
1Carson 53mm Polarized Square Sunglasses
Best polarized sunglasses: On top of frames having UV protection, Dr. Khan recommends polarized shades, which are made with a special coating to block glare. While that makes polarized lenses super effective for more adventurous activities like rock climbing and hiking, the best-polarized sunglasses are also super stylish. This retro pair from DIFF would make Audrey Hepburn swoon.