presented by: Mark’s Outdoors
Summer means more time to enjoy the outdoors in the beautiful sunshine. Before you step out the door, be sure you protect your skin with sunscreen and your eyes with UV blocking shades. Too much sun, particularly UV light, can damage your eyes causing cataracts as well as destroy the retina, the lining at the back of your eyes that helps you see clearly (www.webmd.com).
When picking out a pair of sunglasses, consider the following:
- UV Protection. Be sure the glasses offer 100% UVA and UVB protection
- Lens Material. The pros of plastic include being lighter weight, more cost effective and impact resistant. The lenses will not crack or shatter like glass. The pros of glass include being more scratch resistant than plastic and giving you the best visual clarity and quality.
- Lens Color/Finish. Mark’s Outdoors eyewear expert Vaughn Jones points out that gray color based lenses are perfect for bright sunlight conditions like off shore fishing and are particularly popular among individuals with light sensitivity. Copper based color lenses are better suited for varying light conditions. “The copper based lens is the most versatile lens,” says Vaughn, “and the one I recommend for everyday wear.” The lens finish is also something to consider. A mirrored finish will block out more light.
Vaughn says the best way to find a pair of sunglasses that will meet your needs is to try on multiple options. Mark’s Outdoors has more than 1000 pairs in stock and offers the largest selection of Costa eyewear in the Southeast, making it easy for you to pick out a pair that will fit your face as well as the activities you enjoy. The Costa brand also offers you 100% Polarization and UV Protection. So before you head to the beach or out to fish, stop by and let Vaughn and the team at Mark’s Outdoors help you and your family pick out sunglasses that will offer you a great view and great protection all year long.
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